Conformal Radiotherapy for Spinal Lesions

  • Richard L. Crownover
Part of the Current Clinical Oncology book series (CCO)


In the spine, as elsewhere, conventional doses and treatment schedules in radiotherapy have been titrated to the clinical tolerance of normal tissues. Protracted treatment courses delivered over several weeks, “fractionated schedules,” are a radiobiological compromise employed to permit normal tissue repair between multiple small doses of radiation with the goal of reducing morbid late effects of treatment. Radiotherapy is widely used because this approach is often successful in dealing with microscopic disease or particularly radio-sensitive tumors, however, for bulky disease or radio-resistant tumors, sterilizing tumoricidal doses may never be reached owing to limitations imposed by nearby critical structures such as the spinal cord.


Spinal Canal Radiat Oncol Biol Phys Conformal Radiotherapy Glomus Tumor Spinal Lesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard L. Crownover
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  1. 1.The Reading Hospital Regional Cancer CenterWest Reading

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