What is a vertebral tumour?
A vertebral tumour is a growth that develops in your spinal cord or in the bones that make up your spine. There are two main types of vertebral or spinal tumours, namely intramedullary tumours, which begin within the spinal cord, and extramedullary tumours, which develop around the spinal cord. Vertebral tumours can be malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous). They may cause a variety of health problems including cancer, pain, neurological problems as well as paralysis in some cases. It is therefore very important that you seek treatment for all spinal tumours.

How can my lumbar tumour be removed?
There are various methods that can be used to treat spinal tumours. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy and observations are nonsurgical options to consider. If there is no sign of progress after these methods have been tried, a surgical procedure may be necessary to remove the tumour. Your surgeon will indicate what type of surgery you require as this will vary depending on the type of tumour and the location of the growth. The desired outcome of the surgery will be the total removal of the tumour while preserving the function of the sensitive spinal nerves.


I am a qualified neurosurgeon following my pre- and postgraduate studies at the University of Stellenbosch and currently have private practices at Netcare N1 City, which caters for the northern suburbs of Cape Town and Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital, which caters for the west coast of Cape Town and Western Cape.


Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital
Tel: +27 (0)21 554 0779 / Fax: +27 (0)21 554 2144

Netcare N1 City Hospital
Tel: 021 595 4633 / Fax: 086 684 8004