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Malignant extradural spinal cord compression in men with prostate cancer.

Authors
  • Loblaw, Andrew
  • Mitera, Gunita
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current opinion in supportive and palliative care
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2011
Volume
5
Issue
3
Pages
206–210
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e32834903c3
PMID: 21725245
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Simple prognosis scales available to assist the clinician are reviewed. For poor prognosis patients, a single fraction of 8  Gy is just as effective as multiple fractions, however, are much more convenient. For good prognosis patients, surgery and radiation should be considered. For patients not getting surgery, enrollment in clinical trials of single vs. multiple fractions of radiation should be a priority. For high-risk patients, screening strategies are being developed and hold promise for maintaining ambulation throughout the patients' lifetime.

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