Spinal cord compression

Spinal cord compression happens when pressure on the spinal cord stops the nerves working normally. Find out what the symptoms are and how it is diagnosed.

Treatment for spinal cord compression

Treatment for spinal cord compression should start as soon as possible. There are several different treatments, including steroids and radiotherapy. Find out about treatments for spinal cord compression.

Resources and organisations

There are lots of organisations, support groups and helpful books to help you cope with symptoms and side effects caused by cancer and its treatment.

Last reviewed: 
21 Jan 2021
Next review due: 
21 Jan 2024

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This section is written, reviewed and updated by Cancer Research UK’s Patient Information Web Team. Thanks to the expert medical professionals and people affected by cancer who have helped to review this information.

  • Dr Angela Halley (Consultant in Palliative Medicine)
  • our lay reviewers
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