A spinal tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue within or surrounding the spine. These cells grow and multiply uncontrollably than normal cells. Spinal tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Spinal tumor patients feel pain, loss of sensation, varied degree of paralysis, muscle weakness, difficulty in walking, spinal deformities, discomfort in urination, etc. Spinal cord lymphomas, which are cancers that affect lymphocytes, are more common in people with compromised immune systems. There appears to be a higher incidence of spinal tumors in particular families, so there is most likely a genetic component, such as Neurofibromatosis 2 and Von Hippel-Lindau disease. Spinal tumor surgery is performed by a neurosurgeon.