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How do radiopharmaceuticals treat bone metastasis?

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These medications contain radioactive elements that target cancer cells. The doctor injects a single dose of the drug into a vein. It travels to the areas of bone with cancer and gives off radiation to kill the cancer. A single dose may fight pain for several months. You can receive another treatment later. Doctors often use this treatment in prostate cancer, when metastasis causes new bone growth.

If your cancer has spread to many bones, these drugs may be a better option than standard radiation, which uses a beam to aim radiation at each bone metastasis. Sometimes doctors combine radiopharmaceuticals and standard radiation.

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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