Metastatic Cancer Disease
Metastatic Cancer Treatment In Boston MA
A large number of cancer patients need evaluation and possible surgical intervention for cancerous lesions that have metastasized (spread) directly to the spinal column.
Approximately 5 to 10 percent of all cancer patients develop spinal metastases, according to research. And the rate is significantly higher for men with prostate cancer: as many as 90 percent of these men will develop cancerous lesions on the spine.
Spinal metastases occur in all age groups, but the highest prevalence occurs among patients who are between 40 to 65, considered the prime cancer years.
Many studies have reported a relationship between pretreatment and posttreatment neurologic function in these patients, which underscores the need for aggressive early intervention.
Advanced surgical techniques for tumor decompression and spinal stabilization now allow for more extensive procedures with improved outcomes for patients.
For more information about metastatic cancer disease and your treatment options, call Spine Specialists of Boston at (617) 860-6388.