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What is the treatment for spinal cord tumors?

Treatment for spinal cord tumors depends on the age and health of the patient and whether the tumor began in the spinal cord or came from somewhere else in the body. Sometimes if a spinal cord tumor is noncancerous and slow-growing, no immediate treatment will be given and the tumor will be watched. Surgery can be performed on tumors when nerve damage can be avoided. Radiation therapy can be used alone or in combination with surgery. Corticosteroids may be used to help reduce swelling and pain. Physical therapy may be needed to improve muscle strength and the ability to function on your own.

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