Long-Term Update of Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Benign Spinal Tumors

Alexander L. Chin, Dylann Fujimoto, Kiran A. Kumar, Laurie Tupper, Salma Mansour, Steven D. Chang, John R. Adler, Iris C. Gibbs, Steven L. Hancock, Robert Dodd, Gordon Li, Melanie Hayden Gephart, John K. Ratliff, Victor Tse, Melissa Usoz, Sean Sachdev, Scott G. Soltys

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BACKGROUND: Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for benign intracranial tumors is an established standard of care. The widespread implementation of SRS for benign spinal tumors has been limited by lack of long-term data. OBJECTIVE: To update our institutional experience of safety and efficacy outcomes after SRS for benign spinal tumors. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of 120 patients with 149 benign spinal tumors (39 meningiomas, 26 neurofibromas, and 84 schwannomas) treated with SRS between 1999 and 2016, with follow-up magnetic resonance imaging available for review. The primary endpoint was the cumulative incidence of local failure (LF), with death as a competing risk. Secondary endpoints included tumor shrinkage, symptom response, toxicity, and secondary malignancy. RESULTS: Median follow-up was 49 mo (interquartile range: 25-103 mo, range: 3-216 mo), including 61 courses with >5 yr and 24 courses with >10 yr of follow-up. We observed 9 LF for a cumulative incidence of LF of 2%, 5%, and 12% at 3, 5, and 10 yr, respectively. Excluding 10 tumors that were previously irradiated or that arose within a previously irradiated field, the 3-, 5-, and 10-yr cumulative incidence rates of LF were 1%, 2%, and 8%, respectively. At last follow-up, 35% of all lesions had decreased in size. With a total of 776 patient-years of follow-up, no SRS-related secondary malignancies were observed. CONCLUSION: Comparable to SRS for benign intracranial tumors, SRS provides longer term local control of benign spinal tumors and is a standard-of-care alternative to surgical resection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)708-716
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Neurosurgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Meningioma
  • Neurofibroma
  • Radiosurgery
  • Schwannoma
  • Spinal tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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