One of the most dreaded words in the English language is the word cancer. Cancer has taken the world by storm over the last several decades and vast amounts of money are being spent on finding a cure. Spinal cancer should be taken as serious as any other form of cancer. If you believe that you have pain associated with tumors of the spinal region, you need to seek the help of a specialist.
Keep in mind, most of the time back pain is not due to spinal cancer. There are dozens of other causes of back pain, and you can learn more by visiting the conditions section of our website.
More common causes of back pain are Herniated Discs, Muscle Imbalances, Pinched Nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, etc.
In most cases of spinal cancer, the cancer originates in another part of the body and spreads to the spine in the form of a tumor. These tumors can be malignant or benign and are usually located along the spine or the discs of the vertebrae. Tumors can spread to the spine from the lungs, prostate, breasts, and other parts of the body. Spinal cancer is typically accompanied by pain as compression of the spine occurs. Nerves become pinched and send pain throughout the body.
Treatment of Spinal Cancer
Treatment of spinal cancer will vary based on the severity of the condition and often require surgery and or radiation. You may also want to seek a support group. Communicating with people that have faced similar situations can be a great resource.
Written By: Updated: November 17,2011