The role of radiation therapy in controlling painful bone metastases
Current Pain and Headache Reports, 05/15/2012
Lutz S – Recent treatment–guideline publications for bone metastases greatly define the appropriate use of external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) for this patient group, and they create a means by which treatment approaches may serve as quality measures of radiotherapy departments.
- The management of painful bone metastases requires multidisciplinary care, with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) providing relief that is effective and time efficient.
- Patients with bone metastases may require interventions including surgical decompression, osteoclast inhibitors, radiopharmaceuticals, and kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty, though EBRT should be included in the care of most of these patients, as well.