"It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible if your pain persists and if you have a history of cancer — the spine is a common place for another cancer to spread."


Spinal tumours are abnormal growths that develop inside the spinal column, usually causing pain and other symptoms. Spine tumours can be described and identified in several different ways. One way to describe a spine tumour is by whether it is primary or metastatic:

Primary tumour is one that originated in the area in the area in which it is found.

Metastatic tumour is one that develops as an extension of another cancer (such as lung, breast, colon, or kidney).

Another way to describe a tumour is by whether it is benign vs. malignant:

Benign spinal tumour usually has definite borders and clean edges and does not infiltrate into healthy tissue. A benign tumour is not cancer, but it may need to be removed if it’s causing symptoms or creating pressure on the spine. Benign spine tumours include meningiomas, schwannomas, osteoid osteomas, and osteoblastomas.

Malignant tumour is a cancerous growth that spreads and infiltrates into other tissue. Malignant spine tumours include chondrosarcomas, Ewing sarcomas, and osteosarcomas.



The most common symptom of a spine tumour is back pain that does not improve with rest. Most back pain, of course, is not caused by a spinal tumour, so an accurate diagnosis is critical.

Other common symptoms of a spine tumour include:

  • Sciatica (pain that runs along the sciatic nerve, which radiates from the lower back, down the buttocks and back of the leg)
  • Numbness in the legs, arms, or chest
  • Difficulty walking
  • Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, as a result of spine-deforming tumour growth

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The joy in the kid’s parent's eyes is truly unmissable!


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He thanks the entire team for helping him and his grandfather with travel, accommodation and other necessary arrangements during this challenging time of lockdown.


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"Watch the 1st part of the Sun News interview where Dr. Rakesh Jalali and Dr. Roopesh Kumar spoke about Neuro-oncology and the latest surgical & radiation advancements in cancer treatment.
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