Spine surgery may be recommended to treat spinal tumor. This important decision is based on many factors including the tumor type and spinal structures involved. Some tumors are highly vascularized, meaning they have a large number of blood vessels growing into and around them. Other types of tumors cause bone or tissue to overgrow or thicken. Spinal tumor can cause lysis, a term that means the destruction and collapse of bone.
Sometimes surgery is recommended and may be followed by one or more non-surgical therapies. Unrelenting pain, spinal instability, nerve compression, and/or spinal cord compression may dictate a surgical need. Your doctor will explain the possible benefits, risks, and complications of the surgical procedure he recommends.
Treatment of malignant (cancerous) spinal tumors depends largely on the patient's health. As with most cancers, better outcomes are usually associated with early diagnosis. If the patient is generally healthy, and/or other cancers are in remission, more aggressive treatments can be used. If a patient is weakened or already undergoing cancer treatment, the spinal tumor will be treated to the extent of trying to relieve pain and make the patient more comfortable. If surgery is not an option, a pain pump, neural stimulator, or other pain-relieving options may be used.
Benign or malignant, your Piedmont Spine Center doctor will provide a reliable and evidence-based diagnosis and trustworthy care --- non-operative or surgical. We welcome your questions and completely understand that information empowers patients like you to make informed and wise decisions about health care.