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  • rros
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    Dear Dr. Corenman,

    thank you for the opportunity to let us ask you questions!

    The patient (my mom) is 82 years old and has a secondary tumor on her c2. Presently, she is undergoing 10 sessions of radiotherapy to alleviate pain and reduce tumor. Doctors believe that the slow growth could be contained and suspect that a more worrisome issue could be microfractures as a result of the tumor or some kind of instability reason why she wears a “miami J” 7×24. She is being treated in Argentina where she resides and at this time I do not have a precise diagnosis even when all this has been done through CT-scans, MRI imaging, etc.

    My sister and I who both live in the US are thinking that once radiation is complete we should deal with the stability issue here in the US. I was wondering if you could recommend any US institution (hospitals / doctors / surgeons / clinics, etc) where the expertise to diagnose and treat issues like my mom’s is the highest (not the tumor itself but the stability).

    My sister lives in Atlanta and myself in Miami.

    Thank you for your help!
    Roberto

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    The two best institutions for cancer treatment are Sloan Kettering in New York and MD Anderson in Texas. If you mother has metastatic disease that caused the fracture of C2, radiotherapy can allow healing of the missing bone in certain circumstances.

    Any well qualified spine surgeon should be able to treat the instability of C2.

    Dr. Corenman

    rros
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    Thank you for your quick response, Dr. Corenman.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    My pleasure. Hope your mother does well.

    Dr. Corenman

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