Radiation Therapy for Spinal Metastases

  • Waqar Haque
  • Bin S. TehEmail author


Up to 10% of all cancer patients develop metastatic disease in the bone. The purpose of the present report is to describe radiation therapy, including radionuclide treatment, conventional external beam radiation therapy (CEBRT), and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), for the management of spinal metastases. Radionuclide treatment can provide palliation in patients with painful skeletal metastases. CEBRT can be offered for palliation, treatment of cord compression, to prevent morbidity of bone metastases. Spinal SBRT can also be used for palliation or spinal cord compression and is typically recommended for us over CEBRT for radioresistant histologies.


External beam radiation therapy Stereotactic body radiation therapy Bone metastases Radiation resistance Biological effective dose Radionuclide treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Radiation Oncology DepartmentHouston Methodist HospitalHoustonUSA

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