Spinal tumors are abnormal growths or masses in or on the spine. They are called spinal cord tumors when they start in the spinal cord. Tumors that grow from the bone are called vertebral tumors. Not all spinal tumors are cancerous. However, even noncancerous tumors can cause serious problems when they put pressure on the spinal cord or involve spinal nerves.
Come to Dignity Health for exceptional care for spinal tumors in Arizona. Our board-certified spine specialists and oncologists can determine the level of treatment needed for your spinal tumor. Find a Doctor at your nearest Dignity Health hospital today.
Spinal Tumor Symptoms
Your symptoms depend on the size, location, and type of tumor. Pain is usually the first symptom, and it might become more severe, spread to other parts of the body, or worsen with movement.
Other symptoms of spinal tumors may include:
- Difficulty walking or balancing
- Sensory problems
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Erectile dysfunction
You may also notice weakness, tingling, numbness, or pain in your arms or legs when the spinal tumor presses on your nerves.
What Causes Spinal Tumors?
Most spinal tumors are caused by cancer that started in another part of the body and has spread to the spine. These are called metastatic tumors. Less than 10 percent of spinal tumors actually start in the spine. Those that do are called primary tumors, and their cause is unknown.
Expert Spinal Tumor Treatment in Arizona
When you come to Dignity Health, your treatment options will depend on the type and stage of the spinal tumor, as well as your age and overall health. Our doctors also consider the risks of permanent damage to the spinal cord and nerves.
For primary tumors, surgery to remove the tumor is a common treatment. Your doctor may also recommend chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy, or a combination of treatments.
For metastatic tumors, the goal of treatment is to shrink the tumor and prevent or relieve symptoms.
No matter your needed treatment, you can expect a high level of care from a collaborative team of specialists who are dedicated to your well-being.
Dignity Health offers personalized diagnosis and treatment for spinal tumors in Arizona.