Recurrence is yet another unfortunate harsh reality of cancer. All our health care professionals at Moffitt Cancer Center are steadfastly focused on on-going follow-up and periodic diagnostic updates of our spinal tumor patients to help ensure they remain cancer-free. Most cancers that recur do so in the first two to three years following treatment, while others, can emerge years later.
Through diagnostic imaging such as CT scans, MRIs, mammograms and bone scans, we can obtain an accurate picture of a patient’s health. We also look at tumor markers, blood tests that show a marked elevation of elements indicative of the return of cancer, as well as bone marrow biopsies and routine blood tests.
All of these test are prticularly important in the treatment and follow-up of spinal tumors. Because the spine is one of the most common places in the body for the spread of cancer from places like the breast, lung, prostate, thyroid, kidney or colon, it’s important that we do thorough diagnostics often on our patients to catch cancer early if it recurs. We offer support groups to help you overcome recurrence fears.