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

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

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. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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How many different people a year are diagnosed with primary spinal cord tumors?

Uncommon: I could not give you the exact numbers. This may not even be known as it is a rare event(fortunately). Why does it matter to you? Give us the story behind your question? ...Read more

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What is the treatment for spinal cord tumor?

Removal: Removal of tumor to prevent damage to spinal cord. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spinal cord tumor?

What is the definition or description of: spinal cord tumor?

Cord tumors: Can be intrinsic or metastatic. Like the brain, metastatic tumors are more likely than primary tumors. Metastatic can be within the substance of the cors, or compressing from the dura. Primary tumors can be intrisic (glioma) or external, (menigioma, cordoma, ependymal). Need imaging and tissue to discern prognosis and treatment. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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When spinal cord tumors cause coordination issues is it constant or transient?

When spinal cord tumors cause coordination issues is it constant or transient?

Spinal cord tumors: Tumors in the central nervous system can often grow very slowly and displace tissue gently. At some point the tumor will cause symptoms either by infiltration, compression or edema. Once the symptoms start they should be constant and progressive. Vascular lesions are much more likely to cause intermittent symptoms.. ...Read more

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How many different people a year are diagnosed with primary spinal cord tumors?

Uncommon: I could not give you the exact numbers. This may not even be known as it is a rare event(fortunately). Why does it matter to you? Give us the story behind your question? ...Read more

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Will a spinal cord tumor kill me?

Depends on tumor: If benign usually not, if malignant and aggressive it might. ...Read more

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If one has a spinal cord tumor, is paralysis inevitable?

If one has a spinal cord tumor, is paralysis inevitable?

Ask your doc: You need to know if your tumor is benign or malignant and where it is on your spine because tumors higher up will be more likely to cause paralysis than ones lower down. Malignant tumors are usually worse than benign but paralysis can usually be avoided if treated. ...Read more

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How fast will a thoracic spinal cord tumor grow?

How fast will a thoracic spinal cord tumor grow?

Usually slow, but...: Ependymomas, astrocytomas, and peripheral nerve sheath tumors all tend to grow relatively slowly, but the impact of a tumor here is great and if detected, generally surgery should be considered at once. I have one case of an ependymoma that produced symptoms for over ten years before it finallyi wish you good luck. ...Read more