Patient Guide to Spinal Tumors: Purpose and Introduction
The Spinal Tumor Patient Guide provides patients, their family members and caregivers information that is easy to understand. Here you can learn about spinal tumors, how and where they develop, the diagnostic process, and treatment. One important point about spinal tumors is they are not common.
Whether you are awaiting diagnosis or recovering from treatment, we understand the challenges can be overwhelming. Many patients feel a sense of control or empowerment when learning about their diagnosis, treatment options and recovery. Talking with your physician, friends and family members can help alleviate apprehension, doubts, and fears.
In addition to the main topics listed on the left-hand side of this page, we have arranged the information in a question and answer format to help you quickly find what you want to know.
- What is a spinal tumor?
- What is the difference between a benign and malignant spinal tumor?
- Do all tumors grow at the same rate?
- What are the symptoms of a spinal tumor?
- How could a spinal tumor affect the stability of my spine?
- What are the different types of spinal tumors?
- How is a spinal tumor diagnosed?
- What questions should I ask the doctor?
- Who are the specialists that may be involved in caring for me?
- Are there nonsurgical treatments for spinal tumors?
- Is surgery always necessary to treat a spinal tumor?