The thought of a spinal tumor can be frightening—but the good news is that these tumors can often be removed or treated effectively. Coast Spine and Sports Medicine develops tailored treatment plans for men and women in Orange County, Los Angeles County and Inland Empire.
What Is a Tumor?
A spinal tumor is an abnormal tissue mass that’s located adjacent to or within the spinal column or spinal cord. As with other types of tumors, spinal tumors may be malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous), but they can be concerning either way, as the growth can compress nerve roots and the spinal cord.
Spinal tumors are very uncommon but they can happen to anyone. Most people who develop tumors of the spine have a history of other cancers. In fact, most tumors of the spinal cord have spread from cancer somewhere else in the body, particularly the breast, lung, or prostate. A spinal tumor is a type of central nervous system tumor. While most CNS tumors occur in the brain, about 10 percent occur in the vertebrae, spinal cord, and surrounding tissue.
How Much Does Spinal Tumor Removal Cost in Orange County, CA?
The cost of spinal tumor treatment or tumor removal will depend on many factors such as the location and size of the tumor. During your initial appointment at Coast Spine and Sports Medicine, we will create a tailored treatment plan and review the cost of your treatment. We accept many forms of insurance in addition to financing through CareCredit®.
What Are the Symptoms of a Spinal Tumor?
A spinal tumor may have no symptoms for some people, especially when the tumor is small. The most common symptom most patients report from a spinal tumor is pain of the spine or back. Depending on the size and location of the tumor, other symptoms of a spinal tumor can include:
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness
- Abnormal gait
- Loss of one’s sense of position in space (proprioception)
- Paralysis to some degree
- Loss of bladder or bowel function
What Spinal Tumor Treatment Options Do You Offer in Orange County?
Even benign tumors of the spine need to be treated, as they can cause disabling symptoms and pain. Many factors will determine the best treatment for a spinal tumor, including its location, prognosis, and involvement of vertebrae.
For a fbenign tumor that does not cause symptoms and does not seem to be progressing, a wait-and-see approach may be best with regular checks to monitor the tumor.
Some spinal tumors respond to radiation and chemotherapy but many are resistant. In many cases, surgical tumor removal is recommended. Fortunately, many spinal tumors can be removed completely with tumor surgery. For a vertebral column tumor, for example, decompression surgery can be used to remove a part of the affected vertebra. If removing the tumor will cause spinal instability, bone grafts and implants can be used.
If you have been diagnosed with a spinal tumor or have suspicious symptoms, call us to schedule your appointment at Coast Spine and Sports Medicine. We serve patients in Los Angeles County and Orange County, including the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, Long Beach, and Santa Ana, CA, with effective treatment options for spinal tumors.