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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is spinal cord tumor?

A spinal tumor is a tumor that develops within the spinal canal or the bones of the spine. It can be life-threatening and cause permanent disability. Causes include environmental toxins, certain inherited syndromes, such as neurofibromatosis 2 and von Hippel-Lindau disease.

Symptoms of spinal cord tumor

  • Back pain

  • History of cancer within last 1 year

  • Diagnosed with cancer more than 5 years ago

  • Numbness of the chest, tummy or back

  • History of cancer

  • Back pain that shoots to the legs

  • Pain across the entire body

  • Numbness in the region from shoulder to elbow

Questions your doctor may ask to check for spinal cord tumor

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose spinal cord tumor

  • Do you have back pain?

  • Have you been diagnosed with any kind of cancer in the past year?

  • Have more than 5 years passed since you were diagnosed with cancer?

  • Do you have numbness anywhere on your chest, stomach, or back?

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer?

Treatment for spinal cord tumor

If treatment is required, surgical removal with or without radiation therapy may be used to treat spinal cord tumors.

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