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Can radiation therapy help treat bone pain in people with advanced prostate cancer?

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Radiation is given to reduce bone pain in advanced prostate cancer. External beam radiation therapy uses a high-energy X-ray machine that directs radiation to the painful bones. Radioisotopes is radiation therapy delivered through an injection that targets and attacks the area of bone containing cancer. Strontium 89 is a commonly used radioisotope. Radium 223 (Xofigo) is a radioisotope used to treat metastatic prostate cancer, which improves pain and helps patients live longer.

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National Cancer Institute. 

Freedman, A. , September 1996.  Postgraduate Medicine

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Cancer Institute. 

Freedman, A. , September 1996.  Postgraduate Medicine

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

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