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Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Metastatic Lesions of the Spine

  • Harun Badakhshi
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Abstract

Conventional radiotherapy can control spinal oligometastases. When lesions to the spine occur in diffuse pattern, conventional radiation is effective and it is a cost-efficient procedure. When spine metastases are limited by volume, number, and occurrence site, image-guided stereotactic radiosurgery might be a good alternative. It spares healthy tissue, especially the spinal cord.

Many patients (f/m) with metastasizing cancers like breast and lung cancer or prostate cancer could be controlled very well in long term.

Invasive surgical procedures indeed even when performed in a minimally invasive mode do not seem to be a good option. Any “standard” has to prove its superiority in terms of safety and effectiveness for patients (f/m), and it is true in the frame of cost efficiency too.

Image-guided stereotactic radiosurgery could affect spinal lesions by deactivating tumor cells because they are responsive to high-dose radiotherapy. The aim would be to prolong the time free of symptoms and, therefore, of a better quality of life.

Consecutively, it demonstrates a noninvasive high-precision and safe technique in treating patients (f/m).

Keywords

Bone Metastasis Metastatic Lesion Spinal Metastasis Spinal Tumor American Spinal Injury Association 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harun Badakhshi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyCharité School of MedicineBerlinGermany

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