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Treatment for a spinal cord tumor is different for everyone and depends on the type of tumor, its location, and your overall health. Treatment options include:
Surgery to remove all or part of the tumor
Radiation therapy, which is sometimes used in addition to surgery
Corticosteroid medications to lessen swelling
How can spinal cord tumors be prevented?
Since it is not understood why most primary spinal cord tumors develop, doctors do not know how to prevent them.
How can I manage my symptoms during treatment?
Working with your doctor can help you to ease your symptoms so that you feel more comfortable before and during treatment.
After your treatment, you may need physical therapy to strengthen muscles and help them work properly again.
During the course of your treatment, always notify your doctor or seek emergency medical assistance if your symptoms suddenly become more severe or change in some way.
Key points to remember about spinal cord tumors
If you are currently undergoing treatment for any type of cancer and develop back pain, you should let your doctor know right away. It's also a good idea to contact your doctor about any back pain that worsens or doesn't go away with time.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.