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Diagnosis and treatment of malignant spinal cord compression.

Malignant spinal cord compression (MSCC) occurs in 2-10 per cent of people with cancer (Ingham et al, 1993; Falk and Fallon, 1997; Frank, 1998; Huff, 2001). Its incidence is likely to increase as medical advances enable patients to live longer, exposing them to the complications associated with advanced disease. MSCC is an oncological emergency, and the patient’s neurological status at the onset of treatment for the condition is the main prognostic indicator. Staff working in cancer ...

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