A spine tumor is an abnormal growth of cells within the bones of the spine or around the spinal cord.
Tumors can be either benign or malignant. Benign tumors can grow—sometimes aggressively—but do not spread from their original location. Malignant tumors are cancers that can spread to other parts of the body. Whether the tumor spreads or not, a spine tumor can threaten life and cause permanent disability.
Symptoms of Spine Tumors
If a tumor presses on the spinal cord, symptoms may include:
A tumor that presses on a spinal nerve root can cause:
Treatment of Spine Tumors
The goal in treating a spine tumor is complete removal of the tumor when possible, or local control and spine stability when complete removal is not appropriate. Treatments may include: