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Spinal Cancer Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Risk Factors

  • Symptoms: Common symptoms of central nervous system cancers, which involve tumors of the brain and spinal cord, may include headaches, seizures, and neurological dysfunction
  • Diagnosis: Your doctor will perform a full physical and neurological examination which may include blood work. You may need to get a chest X-ray, CT scan and/or an MRI. Your doctor may also perform a biopsy to determine the type of tumor you have.
  • Treatment: Treatments for central nervous system cancers include surgery for full or partial removal of the tumor, radiation, and/or chemotherapy.
  • Risk Factors: The exact causes of central nervous system cancers are unknown. Heredity, genetics, and exposure to chemicals/fumes, radiation, and certain viruses may play a role.
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