A spinal tumor can be defined as an abnormal cell growth in the bones of the spine or spinal cord. Such tumors can be metastatic tumors, which can originate in other parts of the body and spread to the spine, or primary tumors that start directly in the spine and spinal cord. Spinal tumors can cause serious health problems that often significantly affect the quality of life and need to be treated quickly. In this article, we will examine the sub-headings where you can learn more about spinal cancer.
What Is Spine Cancer?
Spinal cancer is a malignant tumor that can start in the spinal bones or spinal cord and spread to surrounding tissues. Spine cancer is divided into two main types: primary and metastatic. Primary spine cancer starts directly in the spine and spinal cord and is rare. Metastatic spine cancer, on the other hand, occurs when cancer cells that start in other parts of the body spread to the spine through the blood or lymph systems and are more common.
What Causes Spine Cancer?
Although the exact cause of spine cancer is unknown, some factors may increase the risk. These include genetic predisposition, radiation exposure and some bone diseases. In addition, the spread of other types of cancer in the body to the spine can also lead to metastatic spine cancer. In particular, lung, breast, kidney, prostate and thyroid cancers often metastasize to the spine.
What Are The Symptoms Of Spinal Cancer?
Symptoms of spine cancer may vary depending on the size, location and spread of the tumor. Some common symptoms include;
- Back or neck pain,
- Nerve compression,
- Limitation of movement,
- Spinal fractures,
- Loss of appetite,
- Weight loss,
- Fever and night sweats,
In case of suspected spine cancer, it is important to consult a health professional for timely and correct treatment.
What Are The Types Of Spinal Cancer?
Spinal cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the bones of the spine or in the nerves and other tissues in the spinal canal. Spinal cancers can be classified in various ways according to their starting points and cell types. Spinal cancer types can be listed as follows;
Primary Spine Cancers; This type of cancer starts in the bones of the spine and can then spread to other parts of the body. Primary spine cancers are rare and include;
- Osteosarcoma; This is the most common type of primary spine cancer and usually starts in the outer layer of the spinal bones.
- Chondrosarcoma; This type of cancer originates from cartilage cells in the spinal bones and usually occurs in the lower part of the spine.
- Chordoma; This is a slow-growing tumor that originates from embryonic tissue cells called notochord located inside the spinal bones.
- Ewing Sarcoma; This is an aggressive type of cancer that originates from neuroectodermal cells in the spinal bones and usually occurs in children and young adults.
Secondary Spine Cancers; These types of cancer are cancers that start in another part of the body and spread to the spine. Secondary spine cancers are more common than primary spine cancers and include
- Metastatic Cancers; Cancer types such as breast, lung, prostate, and kidney cancers can lead to secondary spine cancer by metastasizing to the spine.
- Multiple Myeloma; This is a type of blood cancer that is a cancer of plasma cells and forms lesions in the spinal bones.
How Is Spine Cancer Diagnosed?
The diagnosis of spine cancer begins with the patient’s symptoms and medical history. It continues with physical examination and neurological examination. Various imaging and laboratory tests are performed to confirm the diagnosis and evaluate the spread of cancer. These tests are brief as follows;
- Computed Tomography (CT),
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI),
- Bone Scan,
What Is The Treatment Of Spinal Cancer?
The treatment of spinal cancer depends on the type and stage of the cancer, the general health of the patient and the severity of the symptoms. Treatment options are as follows;
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery,
- Targeted therapies,
- Supportive therapies,
Treatment of spine cancer requires a multidisciplinary approach and is carried out in collaboration with surgeons, radiotherapists, oncologists and other specialists. The most appropriate treatment plan for each patient is determined by the needs of the patient and the characteristics of the cancer.
Spinal Cancer Treatment Prices in Turkey
Turkey has managed to announce its name to the world with its investments and studies in the field of health. Especially the latest technological devices used in diagnosis and treatment procedures have been a beacon of hope for many diseases. However, there has been an increase in health tourism in Türkiye.
- Hospitals are large, clean, spacious and fully equipped in terms of technological equipment.
- Turkish doctors are specialized, successful, and skilled in their fields.
- Nurses and carers are friendly and compassionate.
- Finding answers to the questions asked quickly and accurately.
- Patience and understanding of all staff, including the intermediary company dealing with the patient.
- Turkey offers holiday opportunities with its natural and historical beauties.
- Easy transportation.
- Diagnosis, treatment, accommodation, eating, drinking, dressing, and holiday needs can be met at affordable prices.
Such situations are shown among the reasons for preference. We can see that patients and relatives of patients who want to come to Turkey are doing research on Spine Cancer Treatment Prices in Turkey. However, it would not be right to give clear price information at this stage. Many factors such as the type of disease, stage, diagnosis process, treatment process, and stay in Türkiye affect the price issue. If you want to get more detailed price information, you can contact us. In addition, if you come to Turkey for treatment through us, we can facilitate your visa application process with the invitation letter sent by us to the consulate.
Prof.Dr. Ergün Dağlıoğlu (Eğitim Görevlisi), Beyin Cerrahı, Beyin Ve Sinir Cerrahisi