What Causes Spinal Tumors?
The cause of spinal tumors ranges. Some spinal tumors can be linked to cancer-causing reasons or are inherited gene mutations. Jenkins NeuroSpine has extensive knowledge in the management of all kinds of tumors of the spine and spinal axis. We employ a collaborative approach to the various types of tumors, as each tumor and each patient requires different treatments.
What Are Symptoms of Spinal Tumors?
Symptoms for spinal tumors vary, especially as the tumor grows in size. Spinal tumors can have an impact on the bones within your spine, blood vessels, nerve roots, and spinal cord. Symptoms to be aware of are:
- Back pain that travels to other parts of the body
- Lack of sensitivity to pain, heat, and cold
- Pain where the tumor has growth
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Trouble walking
- Muscle weakness or lack of sensation in arms or legs
How is Spinal Tumors treated?
The treatment of each tumor depends on its pathology, as well as what symptoms it is causing. Understanding all the treatment options available is critical to being able to offer a flexible and optimized treatment strategy to each patient.
Treatments, when appropriate, range from least invasive to most invasive depending on many different factors. These may range from:
- Observation (wait and see)
- Minimally invasive non-surgical treatments such as vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty
- Radiation treatments such as radiosurgery
- Minimally invasive surgical treatments for resection, decompression, and even instrumentation
- More extensive operations (such as for unstable spines, complete “oncologic” resections including extensive resection where a true cure is possible).
We recognize that patients battling cancer have many different medical and other issues to manage.
To make the surgical aspect as safe as possible, we work closely with several major teacher centers, a neurosurgical intensive care unit with a team of dedicated neuro-intensivists, spine anesthesiologists, and consulting services to assist with the medical management of the patient leading up to, during, and after the operation.