What are Metastatic Spine Tumors?

As cancers progress in severity, the risk of the cancer metastasizing, or spreading, to other sites throughout the body significantly increases. The skeleton, and especially the spine, is the most common site for secondary, metastatic neoplasms to occur.

Metastatic spine tumors often cause mild to severe pain, numbness, and even paralysis as they weaken or fracture the vertebrae and affect the surrounding soft tissue.

Understanding the size, location, and type of spine tumors affecting the vertebrae is critical to selecting the best treatment option.

Spine tumor treatment options currently available to relieve metastatic bone cancer symptoms include radiation therapy and radiosurgery, general surgery, and minimally invasive spine procedures, such as cryotherapy or radiofrequency ablation.