What are the immediate treatments for spinal cord tumours?Every tumor is treated with an individually tailored concept. In many cases, it is possible to completely resect a spinal cord tumor with a single miconeurosurgical operation. Especially if the symptoms are worsening and the patient’s neurological integrity is at risk, rapid surgery may be necessary in order to decompress healthy neural tissue.
What is the percentage of successful spinal cord tumours treatments?Spinal cord tumors are very diverse and while many can be successfully and permanently removed with a microneurosurgical operation, others may require additional treatment like radiation therapy. However the majority of spinal cord tumors are benign in nature and amenable to microsurgical resection.
What is the life expectancy of a patient after undergoing a spinal cord tumour treatment?The life expectancy depends on the nature of the spinal cord tumor. In case of a benign tumor which was completely resected, the post-operative life expectancy is unlikely to be altered.
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Dr Ralf A. Kockro is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Klinik Hirslanden, Zürich and a Senior Lecturer of Neurosurgery at the Universities of Zürich and Mainz, Germany. Prior to that he held positions as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the University Hospital Zürich, the University Hospital Mainz and the Royal London Hospital.