Are there alternate treatments for spinal tumors?


My 9 year old Labradors recent MRI showed a benign tumor which has impacted the C 3 (part of his neck). Diagnosis is Expansile Bone lesion at c3. We cannot afford the surgery. Currently he is on prednisone which ultimately will have ill effects. Is there any other medical treatment outside of surgery with fewer side effects?


Prednisone is used to alleviate inflammation associated with a compressive lesion. It will not cause reduction in the size of the tumor and it is likely the effects of prednisone will only be of short term benefit. Unfortunately for benign tumors, surgery is the treatment of choice. Depending on tumor type, radiation therapy may be of help, but those treatments are likewise expensive. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may offer some benefit to alleviate pain, but they CANNOT be given in combination with prednisone. Prednisone is generally the best short term option in lieu of surgery.