D. Andrew Loblaw, BSc, MD, MSc | Authors

Commentary (Loblaw): Early Detection and Treatment of Spinal Cord Compression

January 01, 2005

In this issue of ONCOLOGY, Dr.Ruckdeschel addresses a subjectthat, fortunately, is not very common,but unfortunately for those inwhom the problem occurs, the outcomesare almost universally poor.The subject is probably one of themost dreaded complications of advancedcancer-malignant spinalcord compression. On a positive note,since Dr. Patchell's plenary sessionpresentation at the 2003 AmericanSociety of Clinical Oncology Annualmeeting,[1] interest in metastatic spinalcord compression has been renewedand there is hope that futurepatients with this problem will farebetter.