Ablation of Spinal and Musculoskeletal Tumors

Spinal Ablation

The goal of ablation is to achieve both pain palliation and local tumor control, thereby reducing the likelihood of complications such as pathologic fracture and spinal cord compression. This one-time, minimally-invasive procedure can be performed in an outpatient setting with minimal recovery. Ablation can be used as an alternative to radiation therapy in patients with radiation-resistant tumors or when cumulative radiation doses have been reached. It can also be utilized in combination with radiation therapy to achieve immediate pain relief and maximize the duration of local tumor control. This treatment does not hinder or delay systemic chemotherapy or surgery.

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