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.
Radiographs (x-rays) are initially obtained and a bone scan may be ordered early to rule out tumors or infections.
The Spinal Tumor Patient Guide provides patients, their family members and care givers information that is easy to understand. Here you will learn about spinal tumors, how and where they develop, the diagnostic process, and treatment.
A spinal tumor diagnosis raises a lot of questions. We've put together answers to the most common questions about spinal tumors, including questions about radiation. Start here for the basics of 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 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).