Cancer Control Journal

This peer-reviewed journal contains articles on the spectrum of actions and approaches needed to reduce the impact of human malignancy.

April 2014  | Volume 21, Number 2

Spinal Oncology: Diagnosis, Treatment and Management


Vol. 21, No. 2, April 2014 – Spinal Oncology: Diagnosis, Treatment and Management (Full Issue PDF file: 2.5 MB)


Spinal Oncology: An Innovative Field of Its Own? (PDF file: 51 MB)
Frank D. Vrionis, MD, PhD



Primary Spine Tumors: Diagnosis and Treatment (PDF file: 378 KB)
Michelle J. Clarke, MD, Ehud Mendel, MD, and Frank D. Vrionis, MD, PhD


Spinal Tumor Surgery: Management and the Avoidance of Complications (PDF file: 240 KB)
Michelle J. Clarke, MD, and Frank D. Vrionis, MD, PhD


Surgical Management of Primary and Metastatic Spinal Tumors (PDF file: 144 KB)
Paul E. Kaloostian, MD, Patricia L. Zadnik, BA, Arnold B. Etame, MD, PhD, Frank D. Vrionis MD, PhD, Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD, and Daniel M. Sciubba, MD

toc4.jpg Palliative Strategies for the Management of Primary and Metastatic Spinal Tumors(PDF file: 103 KB)
Paul E. Kaloostian, MD, Alp Yurter, BS, Arnold Etame, MD, PhD, Frank D. Vrionis, MD, PhD, Daniel M. Sciubba, MD, and Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD
toc5.jpg Spinal Neoplastic Instability: Biomechanics and Current Management Options (PDF file: 207 KB)
Andreas K. Filis, MD, Kamran V. Aghayev, MD, James J. Doulgeris, MSME, Sabrina A. Gonzalez-Blohm, MSBE, and Frank D. Vrionis, MD, PhD
toc6.jpg Controversial Issues in Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty in Malignant Vertebral Fractures(PDF file: 163 KB)
Ioannis D. Papanastassiou, MD, Andreas K. Filis, MD, Maria A. Gerochristou, MD, and Frank D. Vrionis, MD, PhD
toc7.jpg Management of Locally Advanced Pancoast (Superior Sulcus) Tumors With Spine Involvement (PDF file: 202 KB)
Matthias Setzer, MD, Lary A. Robinson, MD, and Frank D. Vrionis, MD, PhD
toc8.jpg Separation Surgery for Spinal Metastases: Effect of Spinal Radiosurgery on Surgical Treatment Goals (PDF file: 237 KB)
Nelson Moussazadeh, MD, Ilya Laufer, MD, Yoshiya Yamada, MD, and Mark H. Bilsky, MD


Ten Best Readings Relating to Spinal Oncology (PDF file: 62 KB)


Controversy Surrounding Mammography Screening? Not in Our Opinion. (PDF file: 63 KB)
Jennifer S. Drukteinis, MD, and John V. Kiluk, MD



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About the art in this issue:

Born 1962 in England to American parents, Burnell Shively began her career in Como, Italy, as a textile designer and continued freelance for 20 years around the globe. During her travels to 43 countries and 5 continents, she has been a fashion stylist in Biot, France, and Bali, Indonesia, an exhibiting fine artist and scenic artist in Hong Kong, an illustrator for World Wildlife magazine, lecturer for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the founder of an American university–accredited summer art program in northern Italy, and the creator of a sister cityship between Feltre, Italy, and Golden, Colorado. Supported by the Slovenian government and UNESCO twice as the British representative, Burnell joined POOART for Peace in Slovenia. In New York’s Hudson Valley, she was Director of Membership for Olana, home and museum of painter Frederic Edwin Church.

A full-time professional artist, Burnell’s work has been shown widely in the United States, Hong Kong, Slovenia, France, Poland, and Italy. She is always fascinated by life forms and their endless play of patterns. Her broad creative background has given her a particular talent to create a wide variety of site-specific pieces for private clients’ homes, offices, or hotels. Burnell also does voice-over work for television, radio, and various other productions.

More of her work can be seen at

Big Beech, 2012. Oil on canvas, 6′ 5″ × 4′ 6″.

Table of Contents: 
Red Onion, 2013. Oil on canvas, 31″ × 31½″.
Blue Fish, 2013. Oil on canvas, 10″ × 10″. 
Artichoke Heart, 2013. Oil on canvas, 31½″ × 31½″.
The Awakening (detail), 1998. Oil on canvas, 33″ × 40″.
Goddess Sprout, 2013. Oil on canvas, 36″ × 36″.
Fan Coral, 2013. Oil on canvas, 10″ × 10″.
Blue Crab Claws, 2013. Oil on canvas, 10″ × 10″.
Parrotfish, 2013. Oil on canvas, 10″ × 10″.