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How do radiopharmaceuticals work to treat bone metastasis?

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The doctor injects a single dose of the drug into a vein. It then travels to the areas of bone with cancer and gives off radiation to kill the cancer. This single dose may be effective against pain for several months. You can receive another treatment later.

From: Treating Bone Metastasis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Bone Metastasis Overview;" "Immunotherapy;" and "Possible side effects of radiation therapy."

Dubey, A. 2010. The Internet Journal of Pain, Symptom Control and Palliative Care,

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Nonsurgical Treatments for Metastatic Cancer in Bones."

Catanel, A. 2007. Annals of Oncology,

Napoli, A. 2013. RadioGraphics,

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina: "Corporate Medical Policy: MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Bone Metastasis Overview;" "Immunotherapy;" and "Possible side effects of radiation therapy."

Dubey, A. 2010. The Internet Journal of Pain, Symptom Control and Palliative Care,

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Nonsurgical Treatments for Metastatic Cancer in Bones."

Catanel, A. 2007. Annals of Oncology,

Napoli, A. 2013. RadioGraphics,

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina: "Corporate Medical Policy: MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

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