The diagnosis and treatment of metastatic spinal tumor

Mark H. Bilsky*, Eric Lis, Jeffrey Raizer, Henry Lee, Patrick Boland

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Metastases to the spine represent a challenging problem in an oncology practice. Treatment decisions require multidisciplinary review. Radiation therapy remains the primary treatment for metastatic spinal tumor, but advances in radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery have changed the roles of each and lead to improved patient outcomes. Regardless of the treatment, diagnosis and treatment before the development of significant neurologic and functional deficits improve outcomes. Physician awareness and appropriate imaging greatly assist in the early detection of tumor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-469
Number of pages11
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1999


  • Chemotherapy
  • Laminectomy
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Posterolateral
  • Radiation therapy
  • Spine metastases
  • Transcavitary
  • Transpedicular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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