Questions About Spine Cancer?
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Most spinal cancers are metastatic or secondary cancers, meaning that they result from cancer that has spread from another area. We offer spinal tumor services from diagnosis through treatment. You’ll have access to advanced diagnostic technology and the latest treatment options. Our multidisciplinary team approach ensures that you receive the best spinal cancer treatment available.
If you have the following symptoms, we highly encourage you to see a doctor.
- Abnormal sensation
- Back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle function loss
- Muscle weakness
Diagnosing Spine Cancer
Our team at the Bennett Cancer Center uses spine x-rays, CSF (cerebrospinal fluid), blood cell count, myelogram (x-ray with contrast dye), spinal CT scans and spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to help determine the proper diagnosis for you.
Treatment Options for Spine Cancer
We often use surgery as a treatment for spinal tumors when we see substantial risk of nerve damage. Our surgeons use newer techniques and instruments that allow them to reach tumors that were once inaccessible. You can take comfort in knowing we always strive for minimally invasive surgery whenever possible. That means less pain, less blood loss, and reduced need for blood transfusions. And that all leads to a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery time, and faster return to normal daily activities.
Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are surgeries that relieve pain from compression fractures of the spine due to tumors or other conditions. Both procedures involve injecting a cement-like mixture into the spaces of the fracture. After surgery, you may not need strong pain relievers and may be able to move and walk more comfortably.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a medical therapy for people who suffer from chronic spine-related pain. SCS uses a small implanted device to generate tiny electrical pulses that replace the feeling of pain with a tingling or massaging sensation.
Morphine pumps are used to control severe and chronic pain. A morphine pump is inserted under the skin, with a catheter running from the pump to the spinal cord. The catheter delivers medication directly to the spinal cord, so much smaller doses of morphine are needed and there are fewer generalized side effects.
We believe healing is to make whole. So if you’ve had a spinal tumor, pain management can be a significant factor in improving your quality of life. That’s why our staff is skilled in various pain management procedures.