Spinal Cancer Symptoms

Spinal cancer or spinal tumor is the condition in which the cells or mass within or surrounding the spinal cord become cancerous. Most of the spinal cancer cases are metastatic and it is very rare that the spine is the origin of cancer. The cancer usually affects one or more of the vertebrae but it may also cause compression in spine.

Here are few distinguished symptoms of spinal cancer/tumor:

  • Non-mechanical back pain with the symptoms that the pain that does not diminish with rest and may be worse at the night time
  • Neurological problems such as weakness or numbness of the arms or legs
  • Change in the normal bowel or bladder habits
  • Pain in the neck and shoulders
  • Severe pain when there is direct manipulation or compression of the affected area of the spine
  • Loss of sensation of heat or cold while touching the objects
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fever and chills
  • Partial paralysis

Symptoms of spinal tumors generally develop slowly and worsen over time unless they are treated.

Spinal Cancer Symptoms in Children:

  • Back pain spreading to other parts of body and worse at night
  • Muscle weakness in legs
  • Loss of sensation
  • Decreased sensitivity to pain, cold and heat
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Depending on the nerve compressed, there will be paralysis in varying degrees in different parts of the body
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function
  • Scoliosis resulting from a large non-cancerous tumor
  • Pain in the middle or lower back spreading to hips, legs or arms

Facts and Statistics about Spinal Cancer:

  • It is the third most frequently affected location in the body due to the spreading of cancer.
  • Tumors of spine cancer can be divided into either non-cancerous or cancerous category.

Types of Non-cancerous Spine Tumors: There are five common types of non-cancerous spine tumors. They are:

  • Aneurysmal Bone Cyst
  • Giant Cell Tumor
  • Hemanginoma
  • Osteoid Osteoma
  • Osteoblastoma
S.No. Name of the Tumor
Affected Age-group
Aneurysmal Bone Cyst
Teenagers and early twenties individuals
Giant Cell Tumor
30 – 40 years
30 – 40 years
Osteoid Osteoma
20 – 40 years
20 – 30 years

Types of Cancerous Spine Tumors: Some of the malignant spinal tumors are:

  • Chordoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Plasmacytoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Lymphoma
  • Ewing’s Sarcoma
S.No. Name of the Tumor Affected Age-group
50 – 70 years
Young male patients
Males over 40 years
Males over 50 years
Multiple Myeloma
50 – 80 years
40 – 60 years
Ewing’s Sarcoma
  • The cause of spinal tumors is not known yet. However, medical experts believe that genes have a role to play in the origin of these tumors.
  • The location of the tumor plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

1 response to Spinal Cancer Symptoms

  1. Hi,
    My elder sister, Brenda, born in 1948, recently was found unconscious in her floor, and now a MRI scan shows cancer of the brain and spinal cord.
    Brenda was given electroshock treatments by her first husband back in 1976, and then, her father put her in a hospital that gave her worse shock treatments.
    She has been on sedatives of all kinds, ever since.
    I have been trying to get her better treatment over the years but no one helped me find it.
    I am sure that the shock treatments hurt her and the sedatives are made of chemicals that I do not trust.

    Is it possible the cancers are from chemical mutations?


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