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.