Tumor Ablation Against Bone Metastases
Constant, debilitating pain makes it difficult to perform everyday tasks and makes radiation and/or chemotherapy almost impossible. This pain often originates from bone metastases and the associated instabilities of the vertebral bone. The new ablation system STAR can eliminate these bone metastases and stabilize the vertebras. It has been developed to exclusively for the high safety requirements of the spinal region. STAR gently heats and destroys the tumor by radiofrequency energy leading to an immediate pain relief. You can get back on your feet with uninterrupted treatment of your primary cancer therapies.
„This procedure has changed my life! Before the procedure, my back pain was always at an 8 to 10, on a scale of 10. I couldn’t walk, eat or sleep. Now I have no pain, no pain whatsoever in my back. I would highly recommend it to others.”
– Gonzalo Garcia, STAR Spine Tumor Ablation Patient
FAQ – Frequently asked questions
What is a metastatic spinal tumor?
A metastatic spinal tumor can occur when cancerous cells have spread from a primary location in the body, such as the breast, lung, or prostate, and grow in the vertebrae of the spine or the spinal cord.
How do I recognize metastatic spinal tumor symptoms?
Metastatic spinal tumors can weaken or fracture the vertebrae, causing varying levels of pain, from mild to severe. The onset of pain may be mild but increase rapidly. Using X-ray and MRI images of your spine, your physician can help you understand if a metastatic spinal tumor is the cause of your back pain.
What are the potential benefits of radiofrequency (RF) ablation therapy?
A minimally invasive procedure using radiofrequency ablation therapy allows a physician to reduce the size of metastatic spinal tumors in a single treatment, thereby providing patients with rapid pain relief. The STAR™ Tumor Ablation System brings this therapeutic option to metastatic spinal tumors that have historically been difficult to access and treat in a minimally invasive procedure.
Are there spine tumor ablation risks that should concern me?
The STAR™ Tumor Ablation System does not treat cancer. It is cleared by the FDA for providing palliative treatment (e.g., pain relief) by ablation of metastatic malignant tumors in the spine. Every patient is different and you should discuss risks and expectations of the procedure, including recovery time, with your doctor.
Is RF ablation therapy right for me?
You’ll need to talk with your physician and, together, determine if you are a good candidate for radiofrequency (RF) ablation therapy.
How long does ablation therapy take?
The entire procedure often takes less than 60 minutes.
How soon after the procedure can I resume my normal activities?
Recovery times for a minimally invasive procedure, such as radiofrequency ablation using the STAR Tumor Ablation System, are measured in hours and days rather than weeks and months. However, recovery time for each patient will vary. Your physician will monitor your progress and, together, will help you determine when you can safely return to your normal activities.