As a cancer progresses, it may spread, or metastasize, from the primary tumor site where it originated in the body to secondary sites including the spine. When this occurs, the cancer is described as metastatic. It is not uncommon to find multiple metastatic spine tumors due to higher life expectancy. In fact, it is estimated that metastatic spine tumors may occur in over 70% of people diagnosed with cancer. When cancer metastasizes to the spine, existing bone is often destroyed, with soft tissue tumors growing in the place of new bone. As the tumor grows and bone is destroyed it results in pain, caused by irritation of spinal nerves and spinal instability. Metastatic spinal tumors are the most common type of malignant, or invasive, lesions in the spine.
A minimally invasive treatment offered to patients with painful spinal metastatic lesions is using heat produced by radiofrequency (RF) energy known as RF ablation. This can be performed before, during or after radiation and chemotherapy. Our interventional radiologists perform spine tumor ablation as part of a multidisciplinary team with oncologists and surgeons to ensure you receive the best care possible.
Why Choose UHealth?
Expert care from highly trained interventional radiologists. Our interventional radiologists and radiology specialists are experts in a variety of minimally invasive procedures — everything from treatments to clear blocked blood vessels to advanced cancer therapies like NanoKnife®.
Leading-edge imaging care in South Florida. Our doctors are also researchers discovering new ways to improve diagnosis and treatment. That means you can get some of today’s most promising advancements through clinical trials. You benefit from the latest developments that are fast-tracked from the lab to the bedside.