Symptoms And Treatment Of Spinal Tumors?
Morning. I am Labora when I am 45 years old from the results of MRI, I find tumors in the spine that squeeze nerves, especially the nerves of the feet which cause the legs to become numb and without strength making it difficult to walk. In addition, the muscles of the waist to the abdomen tense and aching when sitting, when going to lie down, and when you want to get up. What should I do … I am advised for a biopsy to be clear, that’s the doctor. Can my legs be normal? That is my question. Thank you for the doctor’s help.
Hello Labora, thank you for asking.
Tumors in the spine can come from a variety of cells. For example, tumors that affect the bones, or tumors that affect the spinal cord. Broadly speaking, tumors in any part of the body are divided into benign and malignant tumors (cancer). Benign tumors grow more slowly and cannot metastasize. Benign tumors although most are not life-threatening, but it is very possible to cause some symptoms according to the location of the benign tumor. Malignant tumors (cancer) grow faster, can metastasize to surrounding tissue and to distant tissue, and can be life-threatening.
The symptoms that you experience depend on the location, size, and type of tumor. The doctor needs to do a biopsy in order to find out whether the type of tumor is benign or malignant, the type of tumor making cells, and the possibility of further action. We certainly don't know your tumor type. However, if the tumor does cause symptoms that continue to worsen, the tumor must be removed. Moreover, if the tumor is malignant, then immediate action must be taken, either in the form of surgery, or radiochemotherapy.
You should discuss with your treating doctor. Invite the family to join the discussion. The doctor can only suggest the best course of action and therapy, but the decision of consent is yours and your family. You can also ask for a second opinion for additional information and consideration.
Thus my explanation, hopefully useful. Regards.