Joel Torres, Spinal surgery patient
Cancer patients frequently develop tumors that spread to the spine, yet few specialists know how to navigate this complex region of the body. City of Hope neurosurgeons regularly treat difficult spinal cases and use their expertise to design innovative, less invasive surgical approaches — including using fewer incisions to remove most of the tumor tissue to preserve patient functioning and quality of life.
Neurosurgeons Mike Chen, M.D., Ph.D. and Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D. lead the spine tumor program. This team invented a technique designed to reduce the number of incisions needed to perform complex spine surgery, resulting in a safer procedure with fewer complications, less bleeding and faster healing.
According to the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, City of Hope is possibly the busiest spine surgery center in Southern California.