Spinal Cord Cancer Treatment
Treatment for a spinal cord tumor depends on the tumor type (cancer or not cancer), tumor size, and the location of the tumor in the spinal canal. Long term treatment requires surgery to remove the tumor. Other treatment options include corticosteroid medications, narcotic pain medications, and radiation therapy.
Specific treatment for a spinal cord tumor may include:
- Corticosteroid medications for a spinal cord tumor:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprin, Nuprin)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)
- Ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis, Actron)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Radiation therapy for spinal cord tumor:
- Exposing cancer cells to radiation can kill them.
- Surgery for a spinal cord tumor
- Surgical approach depends on tumor type, position, and size.
- Surgical complications include bladder or bowel dysfunction, bleeding, hematoma, cerebrospinal fluid leak, paralysis, sensory loss, sexual dysfunction, meningitis, spine instability, and chronic pain.
Spinal Cord Cancer Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a spinal cord tumor:
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