Q: How is radiation used for the treatment of spinal cancer?

Radiation damages cancer cells and inhibits their ability to reproduce. Radiation therapy or radiosurgery may be used following conventional surgery to remove a tumor in order to destroy any remaining cancer cells outside the primary tumor site. In some cases, when surgery isn't possible, radiation may be used as the first method to shrink the tumor. You and your treatment team will discuss your options and what type of radiation might be appropriate for your particular case.