Spinal Tumors: Treatments
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Treatments for Spinal Tumors
Depending on the type of tumor, where it’s located, and the patient’s medical condition, treatments may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or surgical removal of the tumor. However, surgical removal is not always possible if the tumor is located in an area of the spine that is difficult to reach.
Sometimes, embolization is necessary as in the cases of aneurismal bone cysts, kidney cancer and multiple myeloma. This is a procedure that limits blood flow to the tumor. Other times, a combination of treatments is used to ensure that cancer does not spread to other areas of the body.
Pain often can be controlled with analgesics and swelling can be treated with steroids. In some patients, bracing is necessary to increase spinal stability and reduce pain. If the tumor is cancerous, many patients also use a variety of complementary or alternative approaches including:
- Art therapy
- Massage therapy
- Music therapy
- Prayer, spiritual practices
- T’ai chi
Keep in mind, there is no evidence to show that any of these therapies improve the prognosis or change survival rates.
Whether benign or malignant, a spinal tumor is a very serious medical condition. However, if diagnosed early, patients with spinal tumors have a better chance of a full recovery. Patients who are experiencing any of the symptoms listed in this article should seek medical help right away.