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Radiosurgical and Radiation Considerations for Residual, Recurrent and Malignant Spinal Cord Tumor

  • Jason WeaverEmail author
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Abstract

Radiation therapy has emerged as a viable option for the treatment of residual and recurrent intramedullary spinal cord tumors. Although the literature is limited owing largely to the low prevalence of primary spinal cord tumors, some evidence can be extrapolated from the treatment for residual and recurrent metastatic disease affecting the spinal cord. In this setting, radiation plays a crucial component in pain management, prevention of pathological fractures, and preventing neurological decline. The planning and implementation does necessitate a multidisciplinary team to develop a comprehensive strategy, which accounts for the complexity of metastatic disease to improve outcomes and minimize complication rates.

Keywords

Radiation Therapy External Beam Radiation Therapy Stereotactic Radiosurgery Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Semmes MurpheyMemphisUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of Tennessee Health Science CenterMemphisUSA

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