A spinal cord tumor is a benign or cancerous growth in the spinal cord, between the membranes covering the spinal cord, or in the spinal canal. A tumor in this location can compress the spinal cord or its nerve roots.
No, the spine is not the same thing as the spinal cord. The spinal cord is inside the spine. The spinal cord helps send messages to and from your brain to the rest of your body. The spine is the complete spinal cord and vertebrae.