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Blood tests in neurology for back pain. Came back normal. Would the blood work indicate or point towards if I had a spine Tumor?

Blood tests in neurology for back pain. Came back normal. Would the blood work indicate or point towards if I had a spine Tumor?

Limited: Blood tests are not real sensitive in the detection of potential causes of back pain in most cases. Typically, an mri scan allows one to see any potential structural causes to back pain. Tumors in the spine are usually diagnosed in part based on there radio graphic characteristics and then potentially a tissue diagnosis through abiopsy. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound be done on back of shoulder blade right of spine show tumor in rt breast?

Can ultrasound be done on back of shoulder blade right of spine show tumor in rt breast?

No: The shoulder blade, chest wall and lung are in the way and the breast is unlikely to be seen at all. ...Read more

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Up back pain almost 2yrs. Right breast thickening mam ok. Us ok of breast. Mri spine ok? Deep tumor? Or could be gallbladder?

Up back pain almost 2yrs. Right breast thickening mam ok. Us ok of breast. Mri spine ok? Deep tumor? Or could be gallbladder?

Could be anything? --: Generally these are due to simple diseases which present in a different way, rather than in the classical fashion. I would not worry about the tumor, as you seemed to be worried, as the MRI would have, most likely picked it up. Did you get the MRI of the whole spine or which section of it? I recommend seeing your doc who has been doing all these tests as he/she would have all the answers for you. ...Read more

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Do patients with benign nerve sheath tumors in spine or elsewhere have higher rates of cancer of any particular type, or in general?

Do patients with benign nerve sheath tumors in spine or elsewhere have higher rates of cancer of any particular type, or in general?

Depends on associate: There are associated conditions eg neurofibromatosis etc. Which can present with benign nerve sheath rumors and other associated cancers like astrocytomas in brain. However if not associated with any such condition; other cancers are rare. ...Read more

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Pet's effective? Side effects? Docs ran cat-2cmx3cm tumor close2 spine near pul. Vein & aorta area. Cat, eco & pul. Funtion test this wk. All info helpful

Pet's effective? Side effects? Docs ran cat-2cmx3cm tumor close2 spine near pul. Vein & aorta area. Cat, eco & pul. Funtion test this wk. All info helpful

Yes - helpfull.: A pet scan uses an injection of radioactive sugar. It will not work if a patients blood sugar above 200. It will be taken up in most malignancies and persists, whereas normal tissue gets rid of it and remains negative on the scan. If your mass in tghe chest is positive, you may need a biopsy. ...Read more

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My 20yr cousin just found out has tumor on spine will get biopsy. I have low back pain for some time now should I make appointment to be safe?

My 20yr cousin just found out has tumor on spine will get biopsy. I have low back pain for some time now should I make appointment to be safe?

Yes: Tumor is not the most common cause of back pain, but back pain need careful scientific evaluation, early intervention will prevent future damage so see your doctor and find out cause of your back pain. ...Read more

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Can a spinal cord tumor cause spine pain (pain in 1 or 2 vertebrae when pressing on area & laying down)? Would pain be the only symptom?

Not a spine tumor: You probably have more of a msucle, tendon or a bursitis problem. With a spien tumor I woud expect other findings. You need to discuss with your physician ...Read more

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L spine, CT scan came back normal, only have lower back pain. No uti, stones, etc. Would l spine show lower back tumor? Dr. Says l spine was normal?

MRI: Not likely cancer. Consider a non-contrast MRI of ls spine with flexion and extension, orthopedic or rehab doctor evaluation. May just be muscular, or sacroiliac joint. ...Read more

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Can non aggressive breast cancer metastasize to bone? I have er/pr+, her2- breast cancer w tumors in spine and rib. Dr unsure both are related.

Can non aggressive breast cancer metastasize to bone? I have er/pr+, her2- breast cancer w tumors in spine and rib. Dr unsure both are related.

Yes, unfortunately: Unfortunately, er/pr positive, her2 negative breast cancer metastasizes to bone quite commonly. On the good side, it usually responds to treatment with hormonal therapy, radiation, and bone strengthening medications very well and patients can live for years. If this is the first possible sign of metastatic disease it is often reasonable to get a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How many with chondrosarcoma tumor of the spine lived?

How many with chondrosarcoma tumor of the spine lived?

More than you think: 9 out of 10 chondrosarcomas are slow-growing and never spread to other parts of the body. They can be cured and most never come back. 1 out of 10 chondrosarcomas are faster growing and spread to other parts of the body. It depends on the "grade" of the tumor: for a grade 1 tumor, 83% of people are alive in 10 years. For a grade 2 tumor, 64% and for a grade 3 tumor, 30% are alive in 10 years. ...Read more

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Can a normal x-raypick up a tumor in your spine or can it only show if a bone is broken?

Can a normal x-raypick up a tumor in your spine or can it only show if a bone is broken?

Depends: Plain film x-rays should be able to 'pick up' tumors that are of bony origin or cause destruction of the bone (such as a signifigant metastasis to the vertebral body);but an MRI scan is the study of choice to appreciate soft tissue tumors of the spine or spinal cord as well as show the extent of bony and soft tissue involvement by primary and metastatic tumors. See your physician for more info. Gl! ...Read more

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Myelopathy of the spine. Does this include any Tumor? Does the word myelopathy also mean Tumor? Thanks

Myelopathy of the spine. Does this include any Tumor? Does the word myelopathy also mean Tumor? Thanks

No it does not: Myelopathy of the spinal cord is a result of a process affecting the spinal cord. Myelopathy can affect any part of the spinal cord common cause of myelopathy is disc or bone spurs pressing on the spinal cord resulting in neurologic abnormalities. Inflammatory diseases such as lupus can cause myelopathy. A cancer/tumor could cause a myelopathy but myelopathy does not mean tumor ...Read more

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Could someone possibly fight a malignant cancer tumor in the spine?

Could someone possibly fight a malignant cancer tumor in the spine?

Metastatic spine CA: The spine is a common site for metastatic cancer to spread. Depending on type and location of cancer, there are many options. Cyberknife can be used to shrink or destroy tumors near the nerves. Radiation therapy can alleviate pain related to mets. Kyphoplasty can help with pain related to fracture from bone destruction. Resection surgery can be done in some cases if life expectancy is reasonable. ...Read more

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What might some symptoms of a tumor pressing on the spine (lumbar and below)?

What might some symptoms of a tumor pressing on the spine (lumbar and below)?

Nerve damage: Spinal cord by itself ends at the first lumbar vertebra, however, spinal nerves do travel in the vertebral canal all the way through the sacrum. A tumor pressing on the nerves may cause sensory loss, pain, muscle weakness, loss of bladder and bowel control. It would depend on the location, size and nature of the tumor. ...Read more

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What surgery is required to remove a neurogenic schwannoma tumor from the spine?

What surgery is required to remove a neurogenic schwannoma tumor from the spine?

Depends on exact loc: The surgery required to remove this tumor depends on the exact location of the tumor. It may be within the spinal canal, requiring a laminectomy, or along the nerve root, requiring a combination of a laminectomy and dissection of the tumor lateral to the spine. ...Read more

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Lets say I have a tumor on the left side of my back near the spine can it cause pain down the back of my right leg?

Lets say I have a tumor on the left side of my back near the spine can it cause pain down the back of my right leg?

Possible, not likely: It depends on tumor type, size and location. Leg pain (radiculopathy) from the back comes from the same side as the lesion. A tumor that has encroached upon the spine can cause opposite side pain if it has crossed the midline. ...Read more

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Is an exray of the spine and a spinal tap ok for testing for a spinal tumor? Had both tests and results were normal

Is an exray of the spine and a spinal tap ok for testing for a spinal tumor? Had both tests and results were normal

No tumor: The best test to look for a spinal tumor is an MRI (usually with contrast). A spinal tap can look for cancer cells in the fluid, but only if that specific test is ordered. An xray really only looks at the bones, not the spine. If there was a bony abnormality, an xray would show it. If your doc ordered a spinal tap, he was probably looking for something like inflammation, not tumor. Good luck! ...Read more

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My tumor disappeared, I still have the pain, I was told it's my hernia, my sister has nerve sealth tumor beside her spine. I'm waiting again. So tired?

My tumor disappeared, I still have the pain, I was told it's my hernia, my sister has nerve sealth tumor beside her spine. I'm waiting again. So tired?

Need more info: Nerve sheath tumors tend to run in families, and if your tumor that you say disappeared was one of these, it is possible that it is still the cause of your pain, or related to it. You have a right to pain control and you'd do well to get with a pain-management specialist who is non-ideological and can examine the situation objectively. Sorry this is happening. ...Read more

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