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STAR Procedure

The STAR (Spine tumor ablation with radiofrequency) procedure is designed for the treatment of painful cancer-related spine tumors or fractures.

By quickly addressing painful cancer-related disease in the spine, the procedure allows patients to concentrate on their primary cancer treatments. While it does not cure cancer, it treats pain associated with cancer of the spine and improves quality of life.

The Spine STAR ablation instrument is designed specifically for use in the complex anatomy of the spine. This small steerable device is inserted into the vertebra to deliver targeted radiofrequency (t-RFA) energy to the tumor. t-RFA energy heats and destroys the tumor cells, while minimizing risk to the patient. In addition, the instrument can inject cement to stabilize the spine if indicated.

The STAR System enables a single, minimally invasive procedure that can provide rapid, durable pain relief and localized tumor destruction. t-RFA is non-toxic, thereby allowing patients to continue their current cancer treatment uninterrupted. The STAR System offers a treatment path for patients with limited options, including those with radiotherapy-resistant tumors or who have reached their radiation dose limits.


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Last Updated: 05-02-2016
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