The Stanford Neurosurgical Spinal Tumors Clinic, led by Atman Desai, MD, and John Ratliff, MD, offers you an integrated team approach for the treatment of all tumors affecting the spine or spinal cord.
At Stanford, a large team of specialists work together to develop a personalized treatment plan for you. The selection of treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, is made keeping in mind the various aspects of your overall health and goals of care. Our team has extensive expertise in treating the most complex tumors and can take care of all of your needs during your entire care journey.
Types of Spinal Tumors
Spinal tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Primary tumors originate in the spine or spinal cord. Metastatic tumors result from the spread of cancer from another body region to the spine. Spinal tumors may occur in all regions of the spine, including the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral regions.
Spinal tumors can also be classified into three major groups by their location in the spine: intradural-extramedullary, intramedullary, and extradural. Stanford’s spine surgeons have significant expertise in treating all of these types of tumors.
Spinal Tumor Treatments
Our team develops a treatment plan tailored to you, which may include:
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For your convenience, you may check in for all same-day appointments at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center through a centralized, check-in desk near the front lobby. In addition to all outpatient services, you also can access onsite pre-surgery consultations at the center.
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Send medical records before your appointment
Bring any MRI or CT films
Plan on being at the clinic for approximately one to two hours
AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT
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Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.
HOW TO REFER
To refer a new patient or ask questions regarding a referral, call 650-723-6469. For urgent referrals, call 650-723-6661 and request the spine neurosurgeon on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You may also fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.
FOLLOW UP ON A PATIENT
Call us at 650-723-6469 if you have questions about a patient.
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