Which tumors most commonly metastasize to the spine?

Updated: Nov 01, 2018
  • Author: Andrew A Sama, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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The tumors that most commonly metastasize to the spine are as follows:

Tatsui et al found that patients with prostate cancer had the highest rate of metastases to the spine. [29]  They also found that lung cancer was the most common primary lesion in patients whose spinal metastases were detected before the diagnosis of primary lesions.

The time from diagnosis of the primary lesion to detection of the spinal metastasis was shown to be shortest in patients with lung cancer and longest in those with breast cancer. Patients with metastases from breast cancer or prostate cancer had the highest 1-year survival rate, whereas patients with metastases from lung or gastric cancer had the lowest 1-year survival rates.


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