Radiation therapy for spinal cancer
We use highly targeted delivery systems that allow us to increase the dose and precision of radiation to a spinal tumor, while reducing damage to healthy tissue.
Spinal cancer radiation therapy is commonly used following surgical resection of a tumor, to destroy microscopic tumor cells left behind. It may also be an option for metastatic spinal tumors (tumors that have spread to the spine from another part of the body).
The specifics of your radiation regimen will be based on several factors, including the type and size of the spinal tumor and the extent of disease. External radiation therapy is commonly used for spinal cancer. The area radiated typically includes the tumor and an area surrounding the tumor. For metastatic spinal tumors, radiation is sometimes given to the entire spine.
Addressing spinal cancer radiation therapy side effects
Depending on your radiation dose, site and other factors, you may experience some side effects of radiation therapy, including fatigue, hair loss, skin irritation and nerve damage.
To reduce the side effects of radiation and help you maintain your strength and quality of life, your care team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) will proactively work with you to develop solutions based on your needs. For example, we may prescribe steroids to help reduce swelling, or blood thinners to dissolve blood clots and prevent them from traveling into the lungs.
You also have the option to receive supportive care services like nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation and mind-body medicine. These therapies are designed to help to keep you strong so you can continue treatment while maintaining your quality of life.