Overview

Vertebral tumor consultation Vertebral tumor consultation

A spinal tumor is a growth that develops within your spinal canal or within the bones of your spine. It may be cancerous or noncancerous.

Tumors that affect the bones or vertebrae of the spine are called vertebral tumors.

Spinal tumors that begin within the spinal cord itself are called spinal cord tumors.

Tumors that affect the vertebrae have often spread (metastasized) from cancers in other parts of the body. But there are some types of tumors that start within the bones of the spine, such as chordoma, chondrosarcoma, osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma.

A vertebral tumor or a growth of any kind can affect the nervous system and impair neurological function by pushing on the spinal cord or nerve roots nearby. As these tumors grow within the bone, they may also cause pain, vertebral fractures or spinal instability.

Whether cancerous or not, a vertebral tumor can be life-threatening and cause permanent disability.

Treatment for a vertebral tumor may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or other medications.

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June 29, 2016
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