Spinal tumors are a significant threat to your health, whether or not they’re cancerous. If you experience symptoms that could indicate a spinal tumor, visit a Coastal Spine office in Mount Laurel, Sewell, Galloway, Toms River, Vineland, or West Orange, New Jersey. The highly skilled spine specialists have extensive experience removing tumors without damaging your spine’s critical nerves. Call Coastal Spine today or schedule a consultation online for expert spinal tumor diagnosis and treatment.
A spinal tumor is a mass or lump formed from abnormal cells in or around the spinal cord or nerves. Spinal tumors are either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
These tumors can affect your:
When spinal tumors go untreated, they can cause permanent nerve and/or spinal cord damage. A benign tumor can grow large enough to compress your nerves and blood vessels. Malignant tumors can spread to other areas of your body and cause life-threatening complications.
Cancerous spinal tumors develop when cellular DNA mutates. This causes the affected cells to grow and reproduce uncontrollably, creating unnatural masses. Cancerous spinal tumors are primary or secondary.
Primary tumors begin in your spine, while secondary tumors are cancers that spread from another part of your body (metastasize). Metastatic cancer most commonly affects the vertebrae.
Almost all forms of cancer can metastasize to your spine. But it’s particularly likely with breast, lung, prostate, kidney, and thyroid tumors.
Many different tumors can affect your spinal structures. The most common benign tumor is a vertebral hemangioma that arises in the vertebrae. Schwannomas and neurofibromas develop in the nerve roots, while meningiomas grow in the meninges.
Tumors inside your spinal cord include ependymomas, astrocytomas, and hemangioblastomas.
Back pain is the leading spinal tumor symptom, but you can also develop leg, foot, arm, or hip pain.
Other spine tumor symptoms include:
Larger spinal tumors can cause abnormalities in your spine’s appearance.
The treatment you require for a spinal tumor depends on what caused it, where it is, and how it affects your spinal function. Primary treatments include:
Your Coastal Spine surgeon removes as much of the tumor as possible while avoiding harm to the spinal cord and nerves.
Radiation therapy is often your primary treatment if you can’t have surgery. It can also relieve your symptoms, or you might need it after surgery to destroy any remaining tumor cells.
You might need chemotherapy for malignant tumors. It can reduce pain and slow tumor growth.
Call Coastal Spine today or book an appointment online for prompt spinal tumor diagnosis and treatment.