The spinal cord is a long column of nerve fibers. Its purpose is to carry messages to and from the brain that control our body's movements. The spine also supports our body's stability and structure. Three protective membranes (meninges) wrap around the spinal cord.
Spine tumors and spine cancers develop in the bones, nerves, and other tissues of the spine.
Cancerous spinal tumors and benign spinal tumors can compress the spinal cord and nerves. Permanent nerve damage often results from this compression. Aggressive therapy can potentially limit the loss of nerve functioning or help restore nerve functioning.
Types of Spinal Tumors:
Epidural tumors grow in the bones that make up the spine. The risk is that they can compress your spinal cord, nerves, and spinal fluid.
These tumors are spine tumors that form in the dura mater. The dura mater is the outermost, toughest, and most fibrous of the three membranes (meninges) covering the brain and spinal cord.
- Extramedullary tumors: These tumors develop outside the spinal cord, such as in the surrounding dura mater (meningiomas) or in the nerve roots that extend out from the spinal cord (schwannomas and neurofibromas). These tumors are noncancerous in most cases.
- Intramedullary tumors: Tumors that start in the supporting cells within the spinal cord. Most are either astrocytomas or ependymomas.
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