Spinal Tumors

  • Robert L. Dodd
  • Iris Gibbs
  • John R. AdlerJr.
  • Steven D. Chang


Although spinal neoplasms constitute only a fraction of central nervous system tumors [1], [2], treatment of these lesions remains an important component of neurosurgical practice. The protective function provided by the spinal column requires a tightly confined relationship between complex skeletal anatomy and delicate neuronal structures. As a result, access for tumor removal is often limited, and treatment strategies other than microsurgery are frequently employed. Radiation therapy has become a mainstay in the treatment of both primary [3] and metastatic disease of the spine [4] and spinal cord [5]. Such therapy frequently provides significant palliative benefit and, in rare cases, can even be locally curative.


Radiat Oncol Biol Phys Stereotactic Radiosurgery Karnofsky Performance Score Spinal Lesion Spinal Meningioma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Dodd
    • 1
  • Iris Gibbs
    • 2
  • John R. AdlerJr.
    • 3
  • Steven D. Chang
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Stanford University Medical CenterStanfordUSA
  4. 4.Department of NeurosurgeryStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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