Prostate cancer: Symptoms that the tumour has spread to the bones - Times of IndiaSource: The Times of India
When the multiplication of the unhealthy cancerous cells is not stopped on time, it starts spreading to the bones and the first area that is affected is the spinal cord. The growth of the cancerous cells puts pressure on the spinal cord, leading to spinal cord compression. Our spinal cord has 31 different types of nerves that send signals back and forth to the brain and the rest of the body, managing the coordination between them. When the nerves are compressed due to the unhealthy growth of the cells, it hampers the transmission of the nerves, causing pain, numbness, or weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet. The signs become prominent with time depending on the speed at which the cells are growing.