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Spinal Cancer Survival Rates
Depends on location: Spinal cancer can refer to a cancer that involves the bones (vertebral bodies) or the spinal cord itself. It it involves the bones, this is usually a metastatic cancer, meaning that it came from another source and spread here (ie. From lung, breast, prostate). These have symptoms of pain. If the cancer is in the spinal cord, it usually is of glioma type. This ofen leads to weakness or numbness. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Yes and no: The X-ray will show a mass on the bony spine, at times haze on the soft tissue on the spine and lesions eroding the spine. Al of these masses that can be seen on X-rays can be benign or malignant. Thus the X-ray will show the mass but can not prove it is cancer without a biopsy ...Read more
By growing on or: Cancer can affect the bones of the spine leading to deformity or a fracture compressing the spinal cord or the cancer can grow about the spinal cord and enlarge placing compression like a disc herniation or spinal stenosis or even grow fron within the spinal cord leading to compression effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spine mets: Think of the spine as a filter for cancer cells. This is not entirely correct, but this I effectively what happens for many cancers: prostate, thyroid, breast, lung and renal. These nests of cells then may grow and cause fracture, or pressure on the nerves. When treated, rarely is a cure obtainable by spine surgery. So, the whole tumor is rarely removed. Cyberknife, kyphoplasty are some minimal r. ...Read more
Correlate: There's nothing magic about a particular number. Some people with cancer involving the brain and spinal cord surface do not shed the cancer cells into the CSF. Your pathologist can determine where the cells probably came from and guide the clinician in treatment. Depending on the type of cancer, it may still be curable or manageable for at least some more good time. ...Read more
My mam has cancer in her spinal fluid, I just want to know what the chances of her surviving it is?
Depends on type: Cancer if the spinal fluid is usually metastatic, but it can be from hollow organs, bone marrow or from the brain. Usually cancer or lymphoma can be found in csf, but brain tumors can also be seen there. Without known the type of underlying cancer your mom has, it is hard to predict outcome. Maybe you would like to reply and describe the specific cancer type. ...Read more
More info needed.:
Most likely it's not "spinal cancer", which would be a cancer that started in the spine, but a cancer from somewhere else that has spread (metastasized) TO the spine. If so, it's still the cancer of where it started (bone or breast or prostate, etc.).
Also, stage III vs. Stage IV have different enough treatment and prognosis that they should be considered separately; worth learning this detail). ...Read more
Cancer spread to bon: Many cancers metastasize to bones of the spine. ...Read more
How do I know the difference between back pain caused by cancer or just regular spinal/ lower back soreness?
X ray: Back pain from cancer is due to metastatic disease. If there are no symptoms of malignancy then rare to have spread. Common lesions are lung in the male as well as prostate in the older male. Other lesions usually advanced with the primary causing symptoms. When questioned by a physician dx established by showing lytic lesions expanding vertebrae as seen on MRI. ...Read more
My sister was diagnosed with stage 4 spinal tumor and bone cancer how long do the usually live after diagnosed?
Sister: We cannot discuss her problem unless she signs on herself. Sorry. ...Read more
Elevated lymphocytes and decreased monocytes in spinal fluid, MS ruled out, what else can cause this? Can it be a type of Cancer?
CSF cell count: Many conditions cause changes in white blood cell count in the CSF. Normally, these are infections, especially viral infections. There are some conditions that are related to the immune system and certain cancers can cause this. Cancer normally causes a very high cell count number, however. If your cell count is low, it is not likely this is cancer. ...Read more
Sharp lower back pain for 3 weeks now only in certain positions for few sec and very mild body tingling but tht might be after I read abot spinal cancer?
Not really: Mri's are geared to see specific portions of anatomy, such as bone, soft tissue, vessels, etc. While other structures can be visualized with a spinal mri, it is inadequate to make a diagnosis. If something is suspected, any radiologist would immediately recommend another imaging study to better visualize the area or concern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is breast cancer that was treated 3 years ago but just found to show up again as spinal cancer, considered terminal?
Not necessarily: This would depend on where the breast cancer appeared in the spine. Most often these occur as metastases to the vertebra of the spine. These may be treated very effectively with surgery and radiation with very good local control. The status of the breast cancer in the rest of the body (ie. Are there other metastatic sites?) is the key to the overall prognosis. Also, molecular markers are important. ...Read more
Dghtr is 3-had to have an angiogram to rule out an enlarged vessel in spinal area. This used radiation? Does this greatly increase her risk of cancer?
Small: Patients did receive a high dosage of radiation, which can substantially increase the risk of malignancies - 1 to 3 times more risk ...Read more
My grandfather has been told he has cancer cells in his spinal cord. He survived colon cancer as he prevented it in the early stages. Is there hope?
Travelled cancer: Is never good. Colon cancer commonly goes to the liver, lungs and sometmes bones. If the spine bones are infested, they can collapse and put pressure on the spinal cord. Actual infestation of the cord or cerebrospinal fluid is highly unlikely. Both a neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist should see him in a hurry. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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