An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Spinal Tumors

“I don’t think I can ever express how thankful we are to doctors Jandial and Chen and what they have done for my family. They gave us another chance. They did the impossible.”
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.

Our Expertise

As a comprehensive cancer center, City of Hope offers integrated cancer care by a multidisciplinary team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pain management specialists, who together create treatment plans tailored to each patient.

Program Highlights

  • Less invasive techniques. Doctors Jandial and Chen have extensive experience using less invasive techniques for spine tumor surgery, including incisions about half the length typically used, resulting in faster and better recoveries.
  • Dual surgeon approach. Spine tumor surgeries are highly technical and usually time consuming. Doctors Chen and Jandial perform them by working together to improve outcomes and shorten the duration of the operation.
  • A rare skill. According to the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, City of Hope is one of the busiest spine surgery centers in Southern California. When removing spinal tumors is of benefit to our patients, City of Hope has demonstrated success in performing operations that are not possible at other major medical institutions.

Nationally recognized leader

City of Hope is a nationally recognized leader in the research and treatment of spinal tumors. We are one of the few facilities designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute, and for over a decade, U.S. News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in America.

If you have been diagnosed with a spinal tumor or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request and appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.


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