August 12, 2013
Carbon Ion Radiotherapy Safe And Effective For Treating Inoperable Spinal Tumors
A new analysis has found that a type of radiation therapy called carbon ion radiotherapy can control cancer growth and prolong survival in patients with spinal tumors. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that the treatment is a promising alternative for patients whose spinal tumors cannot be surgically removed.
Surgery is the mainstay of treatment for spinal sarcomas; however the tumors are one of the most challenging diseases for orthopedic surgeons. In addition, some patients are not candidates for surgery due to the location of the tumor and/or the patient's condition. In these cases, radiation therapy is generally used. Carbon ion radiotherapy is a type of radiation therapy that is known to be effective for treating various types of inoperable sarcomas, which are tumors that arise from connective tissue. Using carbon ions to target radiation to the tumor, the treatment is minimally invasive, has little effect on adjacent healthy tissues, and has the potential to preserve patients' quality of life.
"This report is the first one regarding spinal sarcomas treated with carbon ion radiotherapy, and our findings offer a treatment alternative to patients with inoperable tumors," said Dr. Imai.
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