Thursday, January 8, 2015

Could my back pain be a spinal tumor?

Could my back pain be a spinal tumor?

Gonzalo and Kathryn’s metastatic spinal tumors caused them excruciating pain and inability to do daily activates. Then they had their spinal tumor treated with STAR. Hear their stories and how they got their life back.

Gonzalo's Story
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Kathern's Story
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Back pain is commonly the symptom that patients notice first when cancer has spread to cause tumors in the spine.

However, some people with metastatic spinal tumors do not have symptoms.

Who is most at risk for metastatic spinal tumors?

If you:
  • Have a primary cancer elsewhere in the body
  • Are experiencing sudden onset of unexplained back pain (mild to severe)
  • Are experiencing neurological problems (such as weakness or numbness of the arms or legs or a change in normal bowel or bladder habits)
  • Are experiencing loss of appetite, unplanned weight loss, nausea, vomiting, or fever, chills or shakes.

...then, you may be at risk for, or have, a metastatic spinal tumor.

The spine is the most common site for bone metastases, with studies showing that metastatic spinal tumors will develop in between 10% and 40% of all cancer patients, with even higher rates in elderly patients.1

There are an estimated 160,000 people living with painful metastatic spinal tumors.2 Are you, or could you be, one of them?  Are you a caregiver for someone who may be at risk?

  1. Cardoso ER, et al. Percutaneous tumor curettage and interstitial delivery of samarium-153 coupled with kyphoplasty for treatment of vertebral metastases. J. Neurosurg Spine 2009;10:336-342.
  2. Constans, et al., J Neurosurg 59:111-118, 1983; Gokaslan, et al., J Neurosurg 89:599-609, 1998; Wong, et al., Spine 15:1, 1-4.

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