Spinal tumor screening and diagnostic tests are available to individuals from St. Petersburg, Florida, at Moffitt Cancer Center in nearby Tampa. For those who are considered to be at a higher risk for spinal tumors, such as individuals with a family history of spinal tumors, these tests can help detect spinal abnormalities in their earliest stages, before the tumor has progressed to cause noticeable symptoms.
For most others, these tests are usually only recommended after a physician has evaluated their symptoms and suspects a spinal tumor may be present. For this reason, it is important that individuals with sudden, unexplained neck or back pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities or difficulty walking or standing promptly visit their physician to determine the cause of their symptoms. This is particularly critical as patients who have spinal tumors that are found early generally have more treatment options available to them.
If an individual from St. Petersburg, FL, is displaying symptoms of a spinal tumor and comes to Moffitt for screening, one of the following diagnostic tests may be recommended:
- Computer tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
- Neurological examination
In the event that a spinal tumor screening test indicates the presence of a tumor, the multispecialty team in our Neuro-Oncology Program will develop a course of treatment that will give the patient the best chance at a favorable outcome and an improved quality of life. In addition to clinical treatment, patients at Moffitt also have access to a number of supportive care services to ensure that their various needs are being met as they undergo treatment.
To learn more about the spinal tumor screening and diagnostic tests that Moffitt offers to residents of St. Petersburg, FL, call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form online. Referrals are not required to visit Moffitt.