Stereotactic Spinal Radiosurgery

Technology that may control lethal tumors longer than conventional radiation therapy, decrease the potential side effects of radiation therapy, and may benefit patients whose general health may not withstand a protracted microsurgical procedure.

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The diagnosis of cancer is given to more than one million individuals in the United States every year. 70% of these individuals also will develop skeletal metastases -- tumors from the spread of cancer to the skeletal system, which can mean painful symptoms and, frequently, uncomfortable and intensive treatment procedures.

Now, there is a revolutionary treatment option for metastases located on the spine. Called stereotactic spinal radiosurgery, this procedure can provide pain relief through a non-invasive, outpatient procedure that has no recovery time. Cleveland Clinic is one of only a few locations across the country to offer stereotactic spinal radiosurgery.

Effects of Spinal Metastases

Spinal metastases – the third most frequent site for the development of skeletal tumors– can cause acute, persistent pain. If left untreated, they can harm the bones of the spine, which can leads to spinal instability and often compression of the spinal cord or nerves. This can cause disabling pain, neurological dysfunction, and ultimately, paralysis. Stereotactic spinal radiosurgery can help alleviate pain that spinal metastases can cause.

Because of the serious consequences of spinal metastases, early treatment is essential. Traditional treatment options to provide spinal pain relief include analgesics (medications that reduce or eliminate pain), surgery, conventional radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Now, stereotactic spinal radiosurgery can be used as a stand-alone treatment for spinal metastases or as a supplement to another spinal treatment.

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