Spinal metastases can be painful and if not treated can lead to metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC); this is when the spinal metastases press on the spinal cord.
MSCC is rare; between 5 and 10% of cancer patients develop spinal cord compression. All types of cancer can spread to the bones of the spine but it is most common in cancers of the prostate, lung and breast. If not diagnosed and treated urgently, damage to the spinal cord can lead to permanent paralysis.
- If you are a patient and are concerned about symptoms suggesting Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression please see your GP, oncologist or specialist nurse urgently, read about MSCC signs and symptoms you should be aware of.
- If you are a clinician concerned about a patient in your care, please contact the MSCC co-ordinating service urgently. You can access further information on our refer or discuss an MSCC patient page.