Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating Spinal Metastases
with Dr. Jason Levy and Dr. Amir Lavaf
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2020, December 14). Ep. 99 – Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating Spinal Metastases [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from
Interventional Radiologist Jason Levy and Radiation Oncologist Amir Lavaf discuss the benefits of a Multidisciplinary Approach in the Treatment of Spinal and Bone Metastases.
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Dr. Jason Levy
Dr. Jason Levy is a practicing Interventional Radiologist in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Amir Lavaf
Dr. Amir Lavaf is a Radiation Oncologist in Palm Springs, California.
Dr. Michael Barraza
Host Dr. Michael Barraza is a practicing interventional radiologist (and all around great guy) with Radiology Associates in Baton Rouge, LA.
In this episode, Dr. Jason Levy and Dr. Amir Lavaf join Dr. Michael Barraza to discuss their multidisciplinary approach to treating spinal metastases. We examine the collaborative efforts between IR and radiation oncologists, and we break down the indications for treating spinal metastases.
We discuss pain control and local control rates, and how doctors are working to improve them. Dr. Levy and Dr. Lavaf tell us why they are able to get better survival numbers when they approach the primary and metastatic disease at the same time. We explain how to work with tumor boards and different groups of doctors to make spinal metastases treatment easier.
We discuss how to reduce risk of delayed skeletal events and radiation failure after spinal metastases treatment. We go over some of the challenges of working with the tumor board, and why it is important to develop relationships with medical oncologists and the importance of continuing systemic therapies.
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