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Stereotactic Body Radiation for the Spine: A Review

Chawla, Sheema MD; Schell, Michael C. PhD; Milano, Michael T. MD, PhD

American Journal of Clinical Oncology: December 2013 - Volume 36 - Issue 6 - p 630–636
doi: 10.1097/COC.0b013e31822dfd71
Review Articles

Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for spinal metastases are emerging treatment paradigms in the multidisciplinary management of metastases located within or adjacent (paraspinal) to the vertebral bodies/spinal cord. In this review, we provide a brief overview of spine SBRT/SRS indications, technology, planning, and treatment delivery; review the current state of the literature; and discuss the radiobiology, toxicity, and limitations of SBRT/SRS for metastatic disease of the spine.

Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Reprints: Sheema Chawla, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Ave Box 647 Rochester, NY 14642. E-mail: sheemachawla@gmail.com.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc