Malignant Tumor on Spine Surgery

Spinal cancer is one of the most serious and life-threatening conditions. It appears all of a sudden, and can cause serious symptoms developing quickly and aggressively. If you’ve been diagnosed with a malignant tumor on spine, it’s time to act, and act fast. Where to address to have the disease treated? Bonifatius hospital does its best to help patients, no matter what the stage of cancer is. Read essential information about spine cancer, and find out why many people choose our hospital.

What is malignant spine tumor?

When some cells mutate, they start growing abnormally and multiply quickly instead of finishing their lifecycle. They form a lump and the entire tumor, growing between and into organs and bones. Such tumors are called cancerous, and they can form anywhere in human body, including spine. There are four stages of cancer: the first and the second stages can be treated successfully, and the third and fourth can be not operable and lethal.

Spinal cancer can be different: with and without metastases (tumor growing into distant organs and tissues), aggressive or slowly developing, sensitive to hormones and not. They can form in spine and neck, and grow further to prostate, kidney or breast. Metastatic spine cancer may also affect the brain and peripheral nerves. Doctors of Bonifatius hospital have rich experience in accurately staging and diagnosis spine cancer, as well as developing an effective treatment plan to cure patients individually.

Signs and symptoms of spine cancer

The most evident sign of malignant tumor is pain. It can appear in tumor location when nerves are pushed, and be accompanied with spinal instability. If there are some problems with spine curvature, symptoms may include hunchback or changes in posture.

When the tumor has pressure on the spinal cord, a person can have tingling or numbness in arms and legs. Sometimes people can’t feel their feet, or do some simple manipulations with their hands like turning a door knob or handing with buttons. When the disease progresses, people may experience weakness and paralysis of legs.

Widespread symptoms can include:

  • pain in back and neck, legs and arms;
  • problems walking;
  • muscle weakness;
  • loss of sensation in limbs;
  • numbness;
  • change of intestine habit;
  • inconsistence;
  • deformation of spine;
  • inability to stand.

Risk factors

Exact reasons of spine cancer are not known. In some cases, spine cancer occurs when breast, lung or prostate myeloma develops and spreads to other organs and body parts. People with compromised immune system tend to have cord lymphomas. Most often, genetic conditions make up for the risk of spine cancer: hereditary disorders often cause the malaise and some cause tumors in the spinal cord. Exposure to radiation is another serious risk factor.

Spine cancer treatment

As a rule, malignant tumors in back cannot be totally cured only with medications and radiation. Surgery is often the only solution that can really solve the problem. Specialists of Bonifatius hospital do their best to operate malignant spine tumors successfully and help patients to recover fully. The surgery is aimed at removing the tumor totally and partially to stop its spread.


When the tumor affects only one part of the spinal column, a surgery can be performed to remove cancer completely. For metastatic tumor, several surgeries can be required, or one minimal surgery to relieve symptoms including column compression and instability. Surgeons can remove the tissue that presses against the spinal cord and nerves and let some cerebrospinal fluid out to prevent its buildup.

In many cases, minimally invasive operation techniques are applied. These can be robot-assisted surgeries and operations with a microscope. This approach causes less pain and bleeding, and contributes to faster recovery. A patient can return to normal activity faster and with less complication. Besides, a person can maintain normal nutrition and leave hospital the next day after the surgery.

Why choosing Bonifatius hospital?

Patients from all over the world come to Lingen (Germany) in our medical center to go through spine tumor, because our doctors manage to help even in very complicated and hopeless cases. Our team is headed by D-r Gerard Kolb and consists of talented specialists who keep improving their skills and knowledge. We have multi-disciplinary approach and create individual treatment plans for every patients, which ensures maximum effectiveness and safety.

Want to become the next person saved from spine cancer? Contact us via email or phone, and our specialists will answer all your questions and arrange treatment for you. Bonifatius hospital is open for every patient!