Tumor of the Spine

Tumor of the Spine in Bakersfield

A spine tumor may originate in the spine (a primary tumor), or it may develop as a result of cancer in another area of the body (secondary tumor). Primary tumors may either be cancerous or non-cancerous, whereas secondary tumors are always cancerous. Treatment for spine tumors in Bakersfield may include removal of the tumor, as well as treatments designed to prevent complications and preserve a patient’s quality of life.

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Did you know…

that there are approximately 10,000 diagnoses of spinal tumors in the U.S. every year? Primary spinal tumors tend to affect younger individuals – usually those in their 20s, 30s and 40s. However, the vast majority of tumors in the spine are secondary, meaning they are metastases of other cancers within the body. The most common types of cancers that can lead to secondary spinal tumors include breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do tumors of the spine typically occur?

Patients with spinal tumors in Bakersfield will most often present with a growth in the middle or upper back (thoracic region). Approximately 1 in 5 spinal tumors will develop in the lower back, and just 10 percent occur in the neck. Tumors may develop within the spinal cord or within the vertebrae themselves.

What are the symptoms and complications of a spinal tumor?

Approximately 1 in 3 people with spinal tumors have no symptoms at all. Most, however, will develop back pain, which may be accompanied by neurological changes. As a tumor places pressure on the surrounding nerves, the extremities may become weak or numb. A patient may also lose bowel or bladder control. When a tumor occurs in the bone, it may cause it to fracture, inducing severe pain.

What are the treatments for a spinal tumor in Bakersfield?

Many patients with spine tumors in Bakersfield undergo surgery to remove or debulk the tumor. This helps to alleviate pressure on the surrounding nerves and reduce pain and neurological symptoms. Sometimes a tumor will cause a vertebral fracture. Surgery may be necessary to fuse the affected area of the spine or otherwise restore the fractured vertebrae’s structure.

For more information about spinal tumor treatments, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We look forward to serving you soon.