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 - 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, there is also some useful information that can be found here.
  • If you are a clinician concerned about a patient in your care, contact the MSCC Co-ordinating Service urgently, you can access further information about the service here.