Spinal cord tumors develop along the spine - the column of bones that runs from your skull to your tailbone. Tumors that begin in the spine are called primary tumors.
Secondary, or metastatic, tumors occur when cancers spread to the spine from somewhere else in the body. Spinal cord tumor symptoms include:
- Inability to move (paralysis)
- Loss of bladder or bowel function
- Trouble with balance or walking