Multimodal Treatment of Spinal Tumors



Multimodal Treatment of Spinal Tumors 
April 17, 2015


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Course Description

Multimodal Treatment for Spinal Tumors 2015 will highlight the latest therapeutic techniques available for patients diagnosed with spinal tumors. A multidisciplinary team of experts from neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, oncology and neurology will educate participants about treatment advances in surgery and radiation. These advances will directly improve survival rates and preservation of neurologic function for patients with a spinal tumor, spinal lesion, spinal cord neoplasm, spinal metastases or metastatic spinal cord compression. Attendees will also participate in a Bioskills lab exercise on performing complex spinal procedures such as spinal reconstruction and stabilization techniques.

Registration Opens
December 1, 2014

Course Fee

Before April 11, 2015 --  $265
After April 11, 2015 --  $295

Needs Statement

The spinal column is the most common site for bone metastasis. Estimates indicate that at least 30 percent, and as high as 70 percent, of patients with cancer will experience the spread of cancer to their spine. Spinal tumors are often undertreated, and less-than-optimal management of spinal tumors can significantly impact a patients’ functionality and longevity. Revolutionary diagnostic imaging of spine tumors as well as a variety of treatment options are now available. Regionally, there are more tools available for treating spinal needs than clinicians are aware of, and it is difficult to stay abreast of the constant advances within the field. Given the plentitude of developments and variety of options for managing patients with spinal tumors, there is a need to address all possibilities. By educating physicians and other health-care professionals about the recent advances in diagnostic and treatment options available, patients with spinal tumors will have a variety of treatment options available from which to choose that will improve patient survival and preserve neurologic function.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Discuss surgical management in the treatment of spinal tumors and address patient selection and evaluation of patients with spinal tumors
  • Address the mechanism of tumor spread and spinal cord compression caused by metastasis and summarize the methods of treatment available for spinal cord compression, including corticosteroids, conventional radiation therapy, surgery and radiosurgery
  • Review techniques for performing spinal radiosurgery and discuss indications and outcome for a range of spinal lesions
  • Outline radiation dosing principles for spine metastases and explore clinical indications for stereotactic radiation in patients with metastatic cancer
  • Review minimally invasive reconstruction, discuss the role of surgery for spinal metastasis, and describe the long term outcomes for spinal metasis
  • Describe utility anaylsis for spinal tumors, review cost effectiveness for various types of surgery for the spine and discuss cost/benefit analysis specific to spine tumor surgery
  • Review percutaneous treatment options for spine metastasis and provide clinical indicatinos for radiofrequency ablation of spinal tumors
  • Review relevant anatomy of the spine, explain how to avoid complications and discuss how to place screws accurately when performing a thoracic or lumbar spondylectomy


John R. Adler Jr., M.D.
Dorothy & Thye King Chan Professor of Neurosurgery
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, California 


Glen David, M.D.
Medical Director
Interventinoal Pain Specialist & Acute Care Physiatrist
Swedish Neurscience Institute
Seattle, Washington

Alexis Falicov, M.D., Ph.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon
Swedish Orthopedic Institute
Seattle, Washington

Christopher R. Loiselle, M.D. 
Radiation Oncologist
Director of Operations
Swedish Radiosurgery Center
Seattle, Washington 

Ehud Mendel, M.D.
Professor of Neurosurgery
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio 

Rod J. Oskouian Jr., M.D. 
Surgical Director, Spinal Tumors and Spinal Trauma 
Director, Fellowship Program
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle, Washington

Roy A. Patchell,M.D.
National Brain Tumor Center
Capitol Institute for Neurosciences
Pennington, New Jersey

Planning Committee

Rod J. Oskouian Jr., M.D., Course Chair, Christopher Loisell, M.D., Bart Keogh, M.D., Jeni Page, ARNP, Caye Boosalis MEd, Linda Sahlin, Alexis Takasumi

Accreditation with Commendation

Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category CreditsTM 

Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Intended Audience

The sessions are targeted to neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, medical oncologists, neurologists, neuroradiologists, radiation therapists, interventional radiologists, and allied health professionals who specialize in the treatment of patients with spinal tumors.


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