Conditions & Treatments
A spinal tumor is an abnormal
mass of tissue within or surrounding the spinal cord and spinal column. These
cells grow and multiply uncontrollably.
Spinal tumors can be benign
(non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Primary tumors originate in the spine
or spinal cord, and metastatic or secondary tumors result from cancer spreading
from another site to the spine. Common
primary cancers that spread to the spine are lung, breast and prostate.
The spinal column is the most common site for metastasis of cancer to the
bone. Lung cancer is the most common cancer to metastasize to the bone in men,
and breast cancer is the most common in women.
Spinal tumors are categorized
into three groups according to location:
Nonsurgical treatment options
Surgical treatment options are
available depending on the type of tumor: