Spinal Tumors

Spine tumor is anomalous uncontrolled growth of tissue or cells in and around the spinal cord. Tumors can be categorized as cancerous (malignant) and non-cancerous (benign). Certain benign spinal tumors include osteoma, osteoblastoma, hemangioma, and osteochondroma. However malignant spinal tumors include chondrosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma, lymphoma, osteosarcoma, and multiple myeloma. Tumors that arise in the spine are called primary spinal tumors. Tumors that spread to the spine from further parts such as the breast, prostate, lung, and other areas are called secondary spinal tumors.

Certain medications such as corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs are recommended to reduce the inflammation across the spinal cord. Patients may wear external braces that provide support and may help control pain. Additional treatments include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, physical therapy and surgery, to provide long-lasting relief.