- Benign—noncancerous tumor that does not invade nearby tissue
- Malignant—cancer that invades nearby tissue, usually spread of cancer from other areas of the body
- Lung cancer
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Colon cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Gynecologic cancer
- Compromised immune system
- History of cancer
- Decreased ability to sense cold, heat or pain in legs arms or chest
- Loss of muscle strength in legs, arms or chest
- Difficulty using arms and legs for basic tasks like walking
- Loss of bladder and bowel function
- Cure for cancer if the cancer started in spine
- Part of cancer treatment that includes chemotherapy or radiation
- Treatment to try to relieve pain or disability
- Treatment for tumors that do not respond to chemotherapy or radiation
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American Association of Neurological Surgeons http://www.aans.org
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
Cancer Care Ontario http://www.cancercare.on.ca
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Spinal cord tumor. University of California San Francisco Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions/spinal%5Fcord%5Ftumor/. Accessed June 4, 2013.
Spinal tumors. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 20, 2013. Accessed June 4, 2013.
Spinal tumors. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center website. Available at: http://www.mdanderson.org/patient-and-cancer-information/cancer-information/cancer-types/spinal-tumors/index.html. Accessed June 4, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
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