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what are the risks associated with removing a spinal tumor?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Paralysis, etc.: This depends on where the tumor is and how complex it is. Some, like ependymomas are benign, but can be in the center of the spinal cord, making removal all but impossible. If the tumor is wrapped around the spinal cord, removal might be possible, but the cord can be damaged, and complications like paralysis can occur. If a nerve is compressed, pain can occur, or numbness.

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Is there a non-invasive treatment for a spinal tumor/

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Sometimes: It all depends on the type of spinal tumor. Some tumors are treated with observation- no surgery- and repeat imaging over several months to years. Surgery is essential for invasive tumors, suspected malignancies, weakness, and other situations where waiting and watching is dangerous. Your neurosurgeon should be able to help you decide on surgical necessity and timing.
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Will a spinal cord tumor kill me?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Depends on tumor: If benign usually not, if malignant and aggressive it might.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is a spinal cord tumor and where can I get more info on it?

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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Ask your doc: You need to know if your tumor is benign or malignant. Your doctor will know. You also need to know where it is on your spine because tumors higher up will have different symptoms than ones lower down. Once you know these two things, it's easier to get more info. Your doctor or his/her nurse should also be able to answer your questions.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for spinal cord tumor?

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Dr. Douglas Brant
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Removal: Removal of tumor to prevent damage to spinal cord.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What can be done for a spinal tumor?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
Multiple options: Depending on size, location, pathology, and symptoms, a variety of options are available - surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, observation or combination. Proton beam therapy is a newer form of radiation treatment utilizing more precise proton energy rays that try to avoid or minimize collateral damage to vital parts like the spinal cord or the normal brain tissue.

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