This quality standard covers early detection, diagnosis and management of metastatic spinal cord compression in adults (aged 18 and over) with cancer that has spread to the spine. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

In April 2014, changes were made to statement 6 on treatment of metastatic spinal cord compression to make it clearer.

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