Tumour location and duration of therapy influence palliative effects of radiotherapy for painful bone metastases

Oncologists often turn to radiation therapy to treat painful bone metastasis, but how effective is it? Is the treatment reflected in the patient’s quality of life (QOL)? In a recent paper, investigators reviewed the Dutch Bone Metastasis Study for answers. They theorized that a reduction in pain would mean an improvement in QOL. They also sought to identify which patients were most likely to benefit from the radiation therapy palliation.

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