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What's the definition of spinal cancer and what are the symptoms?

What's the definition of spinal cancer and what are the symptoms?

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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Could a spinal hemanginoma be missed as cancer?

Could a spinal hemanginoma be missed as cancer?

Spinal hemangioma: Spine metastasis can sometimes be confused with spinal hemangiomas but a trained radiologist, and a MRI spine can discern between these two diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can a x ray show spinal cancer?

Can a x ray show spinal cancer?

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

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How can cancer cause compression of the spinal cord?

How can cancer cause compression of the spinal cord?

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 more

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Does any thing come out of the spine when somebody has spinal cancer?

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

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What does it mean when you have 1093 cancer cells found in your spinal fluid?

What does it mean when you have 1093 cancer cells found in your spinal fluid?

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

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I am currently having an anxiety attack about spinal cancer please could you help me?

I am currently having an anxiety attack about spinal cancer please could you help me?

See your doctor: Do you have spinal cancer and are having trouble coping, or are you concerned that you might have spinal cancer? In either case, you need medical help. Please make an appointment to see your healthcare provider as soon as possible. ...Read more

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My mam has cancer in her spinal fluid, I just want to know what the chances of her surviving it is?

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

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What's spinal metastatic cancer?

What's spinal metastatic cancer?

Ca not from bone: Cancer from another source that settles or is metastatic to the spine. Prostate cancer breast cancer and lung cancer are a few examples of cancers that can metastasize to the spine. Most metastatic disease to distant sites occurs via the blood stream. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy of someone with Stage III or IV spinal cancer?

What is the average life expectancy of someone with Stage III or IV spinal cancer?

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

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How do I know the difference between back pain caused by cancer or just regular spinal/ lower back soreness?

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

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Elevated lymphocytes and decreased monocytes in spinal fluid, MS ruled out, what else can cause this? Can it be a type of Cancer?

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

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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?

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?

Probably not: Please see your doctor, even though a spinal tumor is quite unlikely, unless you already have a previous cancer. It might be as simple as a pulled muscle or a ruptured disc. ...Read more

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Can spinal MRI see lungs? Or even lung cancer?

Can spinal MRI see lungs? Or even lung 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 more

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What to expect with brain cancer that has 35+ tumors and 3 in the spinal fluid.

What to expect with brain cancer that has 35+ tumors and 3 in the spinal fluid.

Very poor prognosis: This sounds likely widely metastasized brain tumor. It sounds as though it is end stage. There is no surgery for this. Whole brain and whole spinal radiation with or without chemotherapy is what is recommended. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer that was treated 3 years ago but just found to show up again as spinal cancer, considered terminal?

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

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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 more

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