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Spinal Tumors Center

Spinal tumors are rare, but they can pose serious complications if left untreated. Most spinal tumors are metastatic, which means they spread to the spine from another part of the body. The Spinal Tumors Center has information on everything you need to know about spinal tumors, from the types and causes to most common treatment options.

Facts & Tips
Besides surgical removal, a biopsy is the only way to tell if a tumor is benign or malignant. A biopsy involves removing a small tissue sample and examining it under a microscope.
Updated on: 12/17/12

Alternative Treatments for Spinal Tumors

To help deal with pain caused by a spinal tumor, you may wish to try complementary or alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, massage, and tai chi.

Spinal Tumors: Diagnostic Process

Radiographs (x-rays) are initially obtained and a bone scan may be ordered early to rule out tumors or infections.

Surgery for Spinal Tumors

There are many factors a surgeon will take into consideration before doing surgery for a spinal tumor. Review a list of circumstances that may warrant surgery. Article also covers typical surgeries used to treat spinal tumors.

Radiation Therapy for Spinal Tumors

Radiation for spinal tumors has one goal: to destroy the tumor. It can also be used before surgery to shrink the tumor. Article details how radiation is used, its effectiveness, and possible side effects (and how to deal with those).

Drugs and Medications for Spinal Tumors

In treating spinal tumors, your doctor may have you take various drugs and medications. These are not to treat the tumor; they treat the accompanying pain and/or the side effects of other treatments (such as radiation). List of common medications.

Chemotherapy for Spinal Tumors

Chemotherapy is the first thing many people think of when facing cancer. Side effects. Hair loss. Weakness. Learn when chemo is used to treat spinal tumors and how it can help you.