Treatment for spinal cord tumours depend on various factors, including your age, health condition, size of the tumour, where it’s located, and most importantly, whether it’s benign (non-cancerous), or malignant (cancerous).
Ideally, your doctor would want to remove the tumour completely, but this may not be possible due to the location of the tumour and possible risk of permanent damage to the spinal cord. The usual treatment options include:
Surgically removing the tumour if it is not very risky
Radiation therapy to remove remnants of tumours that remain after surgery. This treatment option may also be used in cases when surgery is not feasible or too risky for treating tumours.
Chemotherapy, which uses medications to destroy rapidly-growing cancer cells or prevent them from growing further.
Corticosteroids to reduce inflammation following surgery or radiation therapy