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Is there a non-invasive treatment for a spinal tumor/ ?
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
It depends on the type of tumor. Benign, slow growing tumors may be observed if not compressing nerves or making the spine unstable.
Some malignant tumors may respond well to medication (chemotherapy) or radiation treatment. Treatment depends on type of tumor, location, size, nerve/spinal cord pressure, stability.

In brief: Sometimes
It depends on the type of tumor. Benign, slow growing tumors may be observed if not compressing nerves or making the spine unstable.
Some malignant tumors may respond well to medication (chemotherapy) or radiation treatment. Treatment depends on type of tumor, location, size, nerve/spinal cord pressure, stability.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
There may be a less invasive approach. There are many factors involved including the type, size, location of the tumor. Talk with your physician about options, including less invasive approaches.
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
It all depends on the type of spinal tumor. Some tumors are treated with observation- no surgery- and repeat imaging over several months to years.
Surgery is essential for invasive tumors, suspected malignancies, weakness, and other situations where waiting and watching is dangerous. Your neurosurgeon should be able to help you decide on surgical necessity and timing.

In brief: Sometimes
It all depends on the type of spinal tumor. Some tumors are treated with observation- no surgery- and repeat imaging over several months to years.
Surgery is essential for invasive tumors, suspected malignancies, weakness, and other situations where waiting and watching is dangerous. Your neurosurgeon should be able to help you decide on surgical necessity and timing.
Dr. Larry Armstrong
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