Primary spinal cancer develops from cells within the spinal cord or from its surrounding structures (the bones, tissues, fluid, or nerves of the spine).
Part of the central nervous system (CNS), the spinal cord is a column of nerve tissue that extends from the base of the brain, down the back. It is surrounded by three protective membranes and is enclosed within the vertebrae. The spinal cord carries important messages between the brain and the rest of the body.
Spinal cancer types include:
- Spinal column cancer
- Spinal cord cancer
- Spinal tumor