Multimodal Treatment of Spinal Tumors


Friday, April 17, 2015
7:30am - 4:30pm

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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.

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.


MD/DO: $265

Allied Health Professional: $225

Resident/Fellow: $50

Course Objectives

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

  • Discuss the grading scale for instability in spinal metastasis
  • Summarize the methods for determining surgical versus conservative management based on instability from imaging
  • Recognize when & which instrumentation is appropriate
  • Identify the mechanism of tumor spread and spinal cord compression caused by metastasis
  • Summarize the methods of treatment available for spinal cord compression including corticosteroids, conventional radiation therapy, surgery and radiosurgery
  • Recognize clinical indications for stereotactic radiation in patients with metastatic cancer
  • Describe the methods of treatment available for spinal cord compression, including cortosteroids, conventional radiation therapy, surgery and radiosurgery
  • Outline radiation-dosing principals for spine metastases and explore clinical indications for stereotactic radiation in patients with metastatic cancer
  • Review the process of patient selection and evaluation of patients with spinal tumors
  • Discuss surgical management in the treatment of spinal tumors
  • Discuss the role of surgery for spinal metastasis
  • Describe the long-term outcomes for spinal metastasis
  • Describe what we have learned in the last decade regarding spine metastasis
  • Discuss the role of en bloc surgical procedures in spine tumors
  • Recognize the role of embolization for spine tumors
  • Review minimally invasive reconstruction
  • Review relevant anatomy of the spine and explain how to avoid complications
  • Discuss how to place screws accurately when performing a thoracic or lumbar spondylectomy

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.


John R. Adler Jr., M.D. 
Dorothy & Thye King Chan Professor of Neurosurgery
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, California 
Jens R. Chapman, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon
Complex Spine Surgery
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle, Washington
Ehud Mendel, M.D.
Professor of Neurosurgery
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio 

  Rod J. Oskouian Jr., M.D. 
Director, Spine Fellowship Program
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle, Washington 

Roy A. Patchell, M.D.
National Brain Tumor Center
Capitol Institute for Neurosciences
Pennington, New Jersey
Claudio Tatsui, M.D.
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Division of Surgery
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer
College of Medicine
Houston, Texas 

Planning Committee

Rod J. Oskouian Jr., M.D., Jens R. Chapman, M.D., John R. Adler, M.D., Ehud Mendel, M.D., Roy A. Patchell, M.D., Jeni Page, ARNP, Caye Boosalis MEd, Linda Sahlin, Alexis Takasumi

Accreditation with Commendation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Swedish Medical Center and Seattle Science Foundation. Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME 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.


This symposium is supported in part by educational grants in accordance with ACCME Standards. At the time of this printing, a complete listing of financial supporters was not available. Appropriate acknowledgement will be given to all supporters at the time of the symposium.

For Further Information 

Phone: 206-732-6500
Fax: 206-732-6599


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