One of the most common places for cancer to spread in the body is to the spine. In fact, more than 40 percent of all patients who have cancer elsewhere in their body will have cancer spread to their spine at some point in their lifetime. Moffitt Cancer Center offers hope for our patients with proven successful surgical treatment options which include outstanding recovery.
Pain is the number-one symptom of a spinal tumor. It’s a progressive pain that builds over time, which arises from bone and soft tissue invasion by the tumor. Other symptoms of spinal tumors can include spinal instability and pressure on the spinal cord or its many integrated nerves. Many patients report numbness or abnormal sensations in their arms and legs, a weakness in their limbs, and loss of bladder or bowel control.