Spinal tumors occur in or around the spinal cord. There are two types of tumors: primary and metastatic. The rarer of the two—primary—originates on the spine. The more common—metastatic—originates elsewhere in the body and travels to the spine. More than 18,000 cases of primary spinal tumors and more than 162,000 metastatic spinal tumors are diagnosed in the United States each year. Metastatic spinal tumors can occur in up to 40 percent of cancer patients.
At NCH, our multidisciplinary team of specialized physicians provides expert, personalized care. You’ll also have a team of skilled nurses, dietitians, social workers and rehabilitation specialists to help coordinate your treatment plan and provide a variety of support services.
Your physician might test your nervous system to help narrow down the location of the tumor. Once this has occurred, one of the following tests will most likely be administered to confirm its location and size:
Our team of experts has a number of treatment options for spinal tumors, including: