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How quickly do spinal cord tumors grow?

Luke Macyszyn, MD
Neurosurgery
The growth of spinal cord tumors varies significantly depending on the type of tumor. Benign tumors tend to grow very slowly (years), while others, such as gliomas, can grow very quickly (weeks to months).

Quite often, primary spinal cord tumors grow very slowly and can even take years to cause symptoms. Secondary tumors that have spread from other parts of the body can grow very quickly and cause symptoms. Cancerous spinal cord tumors tend to be more aggressive, while noncancerous tumors grow more slowly.

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