Updates in the management of intradural spinal cord tumors: a radiation oncology focus Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Abstract Primary spinal cord tumors represent a hetereogeneous group of central nervous system malignancies whose management is complex given the relatively uncommon nature of the disease and variety of tumor subtypes, functional neurologic deficits from the tumor, and potential morbidities associated with definitive treatment. Advances in neuroimaging; integration of diagnostic, prognostic, and predictive molecular testing into tumor classification; and developments in neurosurgical techniques have refined the current role of radiotherapy in the multimodal management of patients with primary spinal cord tumors, and corroborated the need for prospective, multidisciplinary discussion and treatment decision making. Radiotherapeutic technological advances have dramatically improved the entire continuum from treatment planning to treatment delivery, and the development of stereotactic radiosurgery and proton radiotherapy provides new radiotherapy options for patients treated in the definitive, adjuvant, or salvage setting. The objective of this comprehensive review is to provide a contemporary overview of the management of primary intradural spinal cord tumors, with a focus on radiotherapy.


  • Kotecha, Rupesh
  • Mehta, Minesh P
  • Chang, Eric L
  • Brown, Paul D
  • Suh, John H
  • Lo, Simon S
  • Das, Sunit
  • Samawi, Haider
  • Keith, Julia
  • Perry, James
  • Sahgal, Arjun

publication date

  • June 10, 2019