Depending on the size and location of the tumor, the survivability of spinal tumors will vary from patient to patient. If left untreated or not treated in time, spinal tumors can be life threatening. Certain types of spinal tumors are more dangerous and difficult to treat and remove then others.
Primary tumors (originating in the spine) grow slowly over years, but tumors that spread from other parts of the body can grow quickly.
Regardless of the type of tumor, doctors encourage early diagnosis and treatment for the best chance of successful recovery.
Even when the spinal tumor is treated, the patient’s prognosis may still include nerve damage. Early detection, treatment and surgery may reduce the amount of nerve damage.