Treatment of spinal tumours depends on the type and extent of the tumour, and of course of the patient's symptoms. It is of critical importance to deliver treatments as part of a multidisciplinary team involving medical, surgical, radiotherapy, nursing, physiotherapy and psychological support members. While benign, painless tumours can be ignored or only followed-up and have very good prognosis, secondary and malignant tumours usually need surgical intervention.
The surgery is done through either from the front or the back of the spine, or both. The main goal of surgery is to stabilise the spine to prevent any collapse. This can be done using metal screws and a rod system. Primary surgery requires removal of the tumour whereas this is less of a priority for metastatic tumours where other treatments (chemotherapy, radiotherapy, etc.) address the tumour burden. Afterwards, regular follow-up is essential.
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