Many patients are concerned with spinal tumor recurrence after undergoing treatment for an initial spine tumor. Recurrence is always a possibility; however, it is much more likely in the first three years following treatment. The most common form of spine cancer originates in another area of the body and spreads to the spine, making close monitoring after treatment particularly important for patients who have had spinal tumors.
Individuals from Clearwater, Florida, can turn to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa after being treated for a spinal tumor. The medical experts in our Neuro-Oncology Program provide the following services during follow-up appointments to help detect early signs of spinal tumor recurrence:
- Physical examinations to discuss symptoms and check for signs of recurrence
- Imaging tests, such as CT scans, MRIs, bone scans or mammograms, to screen for tumor growth
- Blood tests to detect tumor markers that indicate the return of cancerous cells
- Bone marrow biopsies that are examined under a microscope
Moffitt continues to lead the way in researching the latest and most effective cancer treatment options available to reduce the possibility of spinal tumor recurrence. Our robust clinical trial program gives our patients a unique opportunity to receive the newest treatments, screening and diagnostic services before they are widely available, and we welcome patients from Clearwater, FL, and other areas to participate. Our ongoing efforts to advance research on spinal tumors and other types of cancer have earned us the prestigious designation of a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.
If you would like to learn more about spinal tumor recurrence, call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form online to schedule an appointment at Moffitt. We welcome patients traveling from Clearwater, FL, and do not require a referral.