What is a Spine Tumor?

 Cancer can originate virtually anywhere in the body. If the disease progresses, it can spread, or metastasize, to other areas, including the spine. When cancerous cells spread to the spine, a spine tumor often results.  These tumors can weaken or fracture the vertebrae, the bones that make up the spine, causing patients to experience mild to severe pain, numbness, and even paralysis.

Tumors that spread from another area of the body to the spine are described as metastatic spinal tumors. Recognizing the symptoms and accurately assessing the size, location, and type of tumor affecting the vertebrae is vital to selecting the best treatment option.

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