Donate to Tumors of the Spine Research, Patient Care and Education

Over 10,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with spinal tumors in 2019, with a large portion of those being children under the age of 10. Cancerous cells can originate in the sacrum, spinal canal, or bones comprising the spine. Family history, exposure to radiation and a weakened immune system are all risk factors for developing cancers in the spine. Studies are still underway to determine the risks of cell phone usage and exposure to certain chemicals and infections. Thanks to your generous donations, board-certified specialists at Northwestern Medicine continue to advance clinical trials and research to develop new prevention, diagnostic and treatment methods.

Tumors that originate in the spine create swelling and pressure on the nerves in the spinal column. Should the tumor grow and intensify, this pressure and swelling can result in some of the following symptoms:

  • Headaches, nausea, vomiting
  • Blurred vision and balance problems
  • Personality and behavior changes
  • Seizures, drowsiness or even comas

Symptoms may also emerge with signs of loss of bladder control and muscle weakness or spasms as well as sensitivity to changes in temperatures. For an individual experiencing any of these symptoms, it is strongly recommended that he or she have a complete medical examination. While one or more of these symptoms alone does not necessarily mean a tumor is present, it is grounds for caution and for seeking medical help.

The spinal tumor treatment teams at Northwestern Medicine are committed to providing the most compassionate comprehensive care throughout the greater Chicago area. These teams of specialists are equipped with a host of techniques for diagnosing spinal tumors, including MRI, PET and CT scan imaging, angiograms as well as MRA and spinal taps. Should a diagnosis of spinal cancer be made, treatment plans will be recommended based on the patient’s age, physical health, size and exact location of the spinal tumor. Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and targeted therapies are all possible treatment options either prescribed in combination or individually. Groundbreaking surgical options at Northwestern Medicine include spondylectomy, sacretomy amputations, as well as separation surgeries. Because the side effects of some of the treatment can be severe, a team of specialists also will delivery pain management and palliative care treatments.

Tumors of the Spine Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Please consider making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation to increase the diagnostic and treatment options available to those suffering from spinal tumors.

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