What is spinal cancer?
Cancer is an uncontrolled overgrowth of cells that can occur anywhere in the body. Spinal cancer occurs when cells in the spine–nerves, bone, fluid, or connective tissue–begin to overgrow in this way. Most back pain isn’t related to spinal cancer, but being informed of the signs can help you get early, effective treatment.
When to seek treatment
Spinal cancer is easy to mistake for other types of back problems, which is why it’s important to make an appointment with a spine doctor right away if you are experiencing persistent back, neck, or shoulder pain that worsens at night and is unrelated to physical activity, especially if it’s accompanied by nausea or vomiting.
What a spinal cancer diagnosis means for you
If your doctor suspects spinal cancer, they will probably order an MRI, CT scan, or biopsy in order to confirm the diagnosis and decide on the best course of treatment. Spinal cancer is treatable, and treatment often focuses on managing pain as well as controlling the growth of cancer.
Best available spinal cancer treatments
Spinal cancer is usually treated with a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Miami Back Specialists can help you receive a diagnosis and achieve your treatment goals for spinal cancer and other back and spine conditions.