Spinal tumors are growths inside or near your spinal cord or the bones of your spine. They can be cancerous or noncancerous. There are three types of spinal tumors, based on where they grow:
- Intramedullary tumors grow inside your spinal cord.
- Extramedullary (or intradural) tumors grow in the membranes covering your spinal cord.
- Extradural tumors grow inside your vertebrae.
If the tumors start in your spine, they’re called primary tumors. They might be related to a disease like leukemia or lymphoma, or they might be the result of a genetic problem.
If the tumors begin in another part of your body, they’re called secondary (or metastatic) tumors. They might begin as lung, breast, prostate or kidney cancer, and then spread to your spine.