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Doctor insights on: Stage 4 Spinal Tumor Prognosis

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I have a low back disc herniation from 4 yrs ago, pain has come back. Physiatrist " disc flare up". Possibility this is a spinal tumor?

I have a low back disc herniation from 4 yrs ago, pain has come back. Physiatrist  " disc flare up". Possibility this is a spinal tumor?

Unlikely: Spinal tumors are uncommon ( do exist ) , with them more often looses sensation and muscle power not the pain you have , mostly is your disc, re evaluation by your doctor with MRI of spine etc need treatments if you have evidence of compression to the cord may even need surgery ...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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After laminectomy for removal of spinal tumor at L3-4, will the spine still have the same strength for weight bearing and exercise as before surgery?

After laminectomy for removal of spinal tumor at L3-4, will the spine still have the same strength for weight bearing and exercise as before surgery?

It will take some ti: Laminectomy does weaken the spine for some time. You will have to let the area heal over a period of 3-4 weeks. Then gradually increase your activity to strengthen your back muscles. Walking is a good way to begin this process. A Physical therapist can better guide you in muscle strengthening exercises for your back. Over a period of 6 to 12 months you will regain most of your strength. But go slo ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i might have spinal tumor?

Can you tell me if i might have spinal tumor?

Spinal tumor: Impossible to answer the question. Why do you believe you might have a tumor? If you are having back related symptoms, best to see your doctor for evaluation. There are many other causes of back pain that are more common than tumors. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a middle back/spinal tumor? Is it rare?

What are the symptoms of a middle back/spinal tumor? Is it rare?

Yes, quite uncommon: But, what prompts your concerns? A variety of tumors may present over the thoracic vertebrae, some causing nocturnal pain responsive to aspirin, others compressing the spinal cord, resulting in urinary incontinence, leg weakness and numbness. Since often insidious, and slowly progressive, if there is high suspicion, would urge MRI study to pin down. ...Read more

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What can I do to slow the growth of a spinal tumor?

What can I do to slow the growth of a spinal tumor?

Depends on SC tumor.: This depends on the type of cns/spinal cord tumor you/someone might have. Astrocytomas get surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy while oligodendrogliomas do well with surgery and chemotherapy. Ependymomas, germinomas, and meningiomas can do very well with surgery alone. Tumors metastatic to the spinal cord must be detected early or can have grave consequences from compression of the cord. ...Read more

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What can be done for a spinal tumor?

What can be done for a spinal tumor?

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. ...Read more

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I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor, what should I do?

I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor, what should I do?

See your primary doc: It would be difficult to verify a " spinal tumor", purely on symptoms. If you have neurological symptoms of loss of strength or sensation, it is important that you urgently see an md for further evaluation. Imaging including MRI may be required. If there is suspicion of a mass, biopsy may be required. Primary spinal tumors are rare. If there is a tumor, the origin of the tumor would be questioned. ...Read more

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What is the risk for spinal tumor in healthy and active 23 year old male ?

What is the risk for spinal tumor in healthy and active 23 year old male ?

Rare as Martian....: ....Hen's Teeth! Spinal cord tumor comprise 0.05% of all primary tumors diagnosed and a good portion of those are benign. Malignant ones are more scattered than that. ...Read more

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I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor. What tests would i need to take?

I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor. What tests would i need to take?

Possibly MRI: See a doctor for a history and physical and ask if your symptoms merit MRI or other tests. Spinal cord tumors are not common. ...Read more

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Back hurst like nothing I ever felt, is there a chance I have spinal tumor.?

Back hurst like nothing I ever felt, is there a chance I have spinal tumor.?

Back pain is common: Back pain is a common problem and mostly related to a slip disc or injury you need MRI of back to determine why you have it and you must see a good doctor. A tumor is not impossible but a rare cause of presenting as back pain. ...Read more

Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more