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.
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).
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.