AO Spine Knowledge Forum Tumor publishes Focus Issue II in Spine Oncology

A compendium of evidence-based treatment recommendations for spine oncology

18 October 2016

We are pleased to announce and share with you Focus Issue II in Spine Oncology, which is appearing in the Journal this month: Spine—October 15, 2016—Volume 41—Issue 20S.

The AO Spine Knowledge Forum Tumor (AOSKFT) has addressed and tackled current, real-world topics and new advancements in the field of Spine Oncology. Building upon Spine's Focus Issue I (2009), they have applied the same methodology, the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE), to provide the reader and clinician with trustworthy evidence-based medicine treatment recommendations for both primary and metastatic spine tumor patients.

"After seven years, and recent unprecedented changes in spine oncology, we felt it was appropriate to provide the community with an updated set of treatment recommendations," said Dr. Charles Fisher, Focus Issue Guest Editor. Dr. Fisher is the Professor and Head of the Division of Spine Surgery at the University of British Columbia and Chairperson of the AOSKFT.

Focus Issue II contains 16 articles, including a summary of the clinical treatment recommendations for primary and metastatic spine tumor patients. Some of the key articles include:

  • Introduction to Focus Issue II in Spine Oncology: Evidence-based Medicine Recommendations for Spine Oncology
    Charles G. Fisher, Laurence D. Rhines, Chetan Bettegowda, Niccole M. Germscheid, Ilya Laufer, Nicolas Dea, Mark H. Bilsky, Jorrit-Jan Verlaan, Jeremy J. Reynolds, Daniel M. Sciubba, Richard Williams, Tamir Ailon, Yoshiya J. Yamada, Peter P. Varga, Stefano Boriani, Ziya L. Gokaslan, and Arjun Sahgal
  • Benign Tumors of the Spine: Has New Chemotherapy and Interventional Radiology Changed the Treatment Paradigm?
    Raphaële Charest-Morin, Stefano Boriani, Charles G. Fisher, Shreyaskumar R. Patel, Norio Kawahara, Ehud Mendel, Chetan Bettegowda, and Laurence D. Rhines
  • Management of Locally Recurrent Chordoma of the Mobile Spine and Sacrum: A Systematic Review
    Tamir Ailon, Radmehr Torabi, Charles G. Fisher, Laurence D. Rhines, Michelle J. Clarke, Chetan Bettegowda, Stefano Boriani, Yoshiya J. Yamada, Norio Kawahara, Peter P. Varga, John H. Shin, Arjun Sahgal, and Ziya L. Gokaslan
  • Molecular Markers and Targeted Therapeutics in Metastatic Tumors of the Spine: Changing the Treatment Paradigms
    C. Rory Goodwin, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, Laurence D. Rhines, Jorrit-Jan Verlaan, Mark H. Bilsky, Ilya Laufer, Stefano Boriani, Daniel M. Sciubba, and Chetan Bettegowda

Focus Issue II is the product of the interworking of the KF Tumor Steering Committee and associate members, which are comprised of experienced spine oncology surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, and researchers from multiple international centers, and also includes the input of key opinion leaders outside of the AOSKFT. 

"This is an example of how well this group works together. It is a privilege to be part of such a strong and impactful team. We hope that these recommendations are helpful to the clinicians who are faced with managing these challenging patients," said Dr. Arjun Sahgal, member of the Spine Focus Issue Committee. Dr. Sahgal is an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Surgery at the University of Toronto and Steering Committee member of the AOSKFT.

"We are grateful to those who were involved and who contributed to this body of work. We hope to continue to work together to deliver meaningful studies in the future," said Dr. Charles Fisher.

This work was financially supported by AO Spine International.

For further information about Knowledge Forum activities, please visit our website here.

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