Symptoms of Spine Tumors

Symptoms of a spine tumor can vary greatly, depending upon the size and location of the tumor, as well as the way the tumor grows.

Spine tumor symptoms

  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Weak muscles that you can't seem to control, so that you fall or have trouble walking
  • Muscle spasms
  • An unusual feeling or loss of sensation in your arms or legs
  • Loss of sensitivity to pain, heat or cold
  • Back pain, sometimes radiating to your arms, feet, legs or hips

Back pain has many causes and is typically not due to a spinal tumor. Talk to your physician if your back pain is persistent, progressive, gets worse at night or if you have a medical history of cancer.

Brain and Spine Tumor Center

The Brain and Spine Tumor Center at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital provides state-of-the-art tumor treatment, resources and support for patients and families to meet the challenges of living with a brain tumor. Our Brain and Spine Tumor Center offers easy access to brain tumor treatment and clinical trials close to home and is the only brain tumor program in the western Chicago suburbs with a fellowship-trained neuro-oncologist and a radiation oncologist1 dedicated to the central nervous system (CNS).

Brain and Spine Tumor Center leadership:

The Brain and Spine Tumor Center comprehensive program includes:

Download our Brain and Spine Tumor Center brochure for more information.