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Spinal tumor involves unusual development of cells in and around the spinal nerves and spinal cord. They could be cancerous (malignant) and non-cancerous (benign) tumors. The functions of vertebrae, nerve roots, blood vessels, meninges and spinal cord are affected by these tumors. Permanent spinal cord or nerve damage can happen if malignant or benign spinal tumor is left untreated.
The symptoms of spinal cord tumors depend on their location and these symptoms occur when the tumor pushes on the nerves or the spinal cord that exit it. Some of the symptoms include -
Tests are required in order to determine the location and extent of the tumor.
The purpose of the surgery is to remove the tumor as much as possible without affecting any neurological function. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are of little help and in few treatments where protocols are provided. For treating benign and malignant primary tumors, surgery is usually recommended. Surgery is a successful treatment for removing tumors that are located outside the spinal cord. The removal of vertebrae can also prove beneficial for easing pain and symptoms by decreasing pressure on the spinal nerves. For regaining strength and muscle control after surgery or radiation therapy, physical therapy is sometimes required.
Radiosurgery system is used in Cyberknife technique which delivers precise doses of radiation to spine tumors without affecting nearby structures and tissues. This technique can even treat inoperable tumors and cyberknife technique combined with chemotherapy and surgery can provide many benefits as compared to traditional radiation therapy. Some of its benefits include -