The integration of radiosurgery for the treatment of patients with metastatic spine diseases

Alok D. Sharan, Alessandra Szulc, Jonathan Krystal, Reza Yassari, Ilya Laufer, Mark H. Bilsky

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Significant evidence emerging in the spinal oncology literature recommends radiosurgery as a primary modality of treatment of spinal metastasis. Improvements in the methods of delivering radiation have increased the ability to provide a higher and more exacting dose of radiation to a tumor bed than previously. Using treatment-planning software, radiation is contoured around a specific lesion with the intent of administering a tumoricidal dose. Combined with a minimally invasive, tumor-load reducing surgery, this advanced form of radiation therapy can provide better local control of the tumor compared with conventional external beam radiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-454
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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