Personalized treatments for people with back pain and spine disorders
The team of experts at the Duke Spine Center and the Duke Cancer Institute work together to determine the optimal strategy to treat spinal tumor and speed recovery.
Primary and metastatic tumors can involve the spinal cord or spinal column at any level.
Metastatic tumors are far more common than primary tumors of the spine. The most common sources of metastatic tumors are breast, lung, and prostate cancers; although any cancer type may spread to the spine.
Primary tumors of the spinal cord or spinal column are less common and may also occur at any level of the spine. Astrocytomas and ependymomas are two of the most common tumors that arise primarily in the spinal cord.
Common primary spinal column tumors include osteoblastomas, aneurismal bone cysts, giant cell tumors, chordomas, and osteosarcomas.
The treatment for spinal tumors depends on the tumor type, location, and associated symptoms. A biopsy is necessary for most spinal tumors to establish a diagnosis.
Subsequent treatments, such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, spinal radiosurgery, or surgical excision may be necessary as well.
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