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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

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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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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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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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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Are frequent headaches for several years a symptom of a spinal cord tumor?

Are frequent headaches for several years a symptom of a spinal cord tumor?

Probably not: Usually involvement of the spinal cord involves limb weakness and problem with control of bladder and bowel function. Headache is usually not a presenting symptom. ...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

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Thoracic spinal cord tumor growing, will it require removal?

Thoracic spinal cord tumor growing, will it require removal?

May be: Is the tumor in the spinal cord or in the tissue around the spinal cord? Depending on the location and type of tumor surgery may be needed. See this site for info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001403.htm. ...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?

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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What will happen to the brain if one has a rather large intramedullary spinal cord tumor?

What will happen to the brain if one has a rather large intramedullary spinal cord tumor?

Spine Tumor: A tumor in the spinal cord itself is unlikely to effect the brain unless the tumor type spread from the brain (this is uncommon) or is metastatic tumor from elsewhere in the body (extremely uncommon). The majority of intramedullary tumors are astrocytomas or ependymomas. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can happen to the brain if one has a rather large intramedullary spinal cord tumor?

Please tell me what can happen to the brain if one has a rather large intramedullary spinal cord tumor?

Should be separate: The brain and the intramedullary spinal cord tumor should be separate entities, unless the tumor is very high in the cervical spine at the base of the skull. In this case, the tumor can invade the brainstem and lead to brainstem symptoms like apnea, trouble swallowing, double vision, coma and death. ...Read more

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Spinal Cord Tumor (Definition)

It is an abnormal growth of cells within the caudal part of the central nervous system or spinal cord. Tumors can be benign or malignant and ...Read more