Facts and Tips about Spinal Tumors
- Non-cancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) spinal tumors are rare.
- The most common symptom of a spinal tumor is constant non-mechanical back or neck pain. Non-mechanical back or neck pain is not provoked by activity and is not relieved by lying down or resting.
- 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.
- Not all spinal tumors require immediate surgical removal. Sometimes the tumor is monitored for change. This is a common approach in small benign tumors.
- Spinal tumors are caused by an abnormal regulation of cell division. Such a cell abnormality causes cells to divide and grow aggressively and out of control.