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Relieving spinal cord compression symptoms with a single radiation treatment

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Published: 04.06.17
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Prof Peter Hoskin - Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Northwood, United Kingdom

Prof Hoskin speaks with ecancer at ASCO 2017 about improving mobility for patients with spinal cord compression with a single dose of radiotherapy in place of a longer course.

Highlighting the burden of longer treatment for patients with poor prognosis, Prof Hoskin describes how a single 8 Gray dose of radiotherapy delivers relief and helps maintain patient mobility and independence equivalent to the lengthier course of 5 x 4 Gray.

Prof Hoskin does note an increase in toxicity associated with the higher dose, noting that further trials of precision radiotherapy may help alleviate these side effects, and describes the differing international regimens.

Prof Hoskin presented these results at a press briefing, which you can watch here.


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