Radiation treatment for a spinal tumor can be highly effective as either a primary treatment or secondary therapy administered in conjunction with a surgical procedure. At Moffitt Cancer Center, our multispecialty team of cancer experts thoroughly reviews each patient’s case and then recommends a highly customized treatment plan. The optimal approach for a specific patient will depend on several factors, including the stage or grade of the cancer and the size and location of the tumor.
Moffitt is a nationally recognized innovator with a proven track record for effectively using radiation therapy for cancer treatment. Through extensive research and development, our Radiation Oncology Program has pioneered several highly targeted techniques for delivering the appropriate dosages of radiation to a spinal tumor while minimizing disruption to the surrounding tissues and organs.
Some of the advanced radiation treatment options for a spinal tumor that are available at Moffitt include:
- Radiotherapy – A form of high-energy radiation that can be used after surgery for the treatment of neurologic cancers
- Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) – A highly precise form of radiation therapy that may be recommended to target small spine tumors while minimizing radiation exposure to the spinal cord
- Novocure system – A noninvasive, portable device used to treat tumors with electrical fields
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) – A machine located outside a patient’s body generates high-energy X-rays that are directed to a specific area to destroy cancer cells
- Conventional radiation combined with chemotherapy – Used to treat primary, high-grade tumors, usually in cycles of up to six weeks
- Conventional radiation – Used to treat a large area of the spine while avoiding radiation to the spinal cord
At Moffitt, we encourage our patients to ask questions to help them learn about the goals and possible side effects of each recommended treatment option. Every patient is unique, and therefore every patient’s experience is different. During a personal consultation, our cancer experts can explain what an individual patient might expect both during and after treatment. We also offer a full range of supportive care for our patients and their families.
Patients can receive radiation therapy for a spinal tumor at Moffitt without a referral. To learn more, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced radiation oncologists.