Yeungnam Univ J Med.  1992 Jun;9(1):102-109. 10.12701/yujm.1992.9.1.102.

Pallative effect of radiation therapy in management of symptomatic osseous metastases


Bone metastases represent an important and frequent clinical problem in patients with advanced cancers. Especially, painful bone metastases are common features in these patients. Radiotherapy is an effective tool for palliative aim of painful metastatic osseous lesions. Various treatment results have been previously reported. The present retrospective study was aimed to evaluate the efficacy of palliative irradiation on pain relief, with the goal of selecting appropriate irradiation dose schedule. Radiotherapy consisted of 5 times a week with a various fractional dose between 180 and 400cGy. The response of pain relief and the survival time after completion of radiotherapy are related to total dose and most of the patients have shown a similar response by the end of radiotherapy. The higher dose and the more aggressive multimodality treatment, the better pain control and the longer survival time.


Painful osseous metastases; Palliative radiotherapy; Total dose, Pain relief; Survival time

MeSH Terms

Appointments and Schedules
Neoplasm Metastasis*
Retrospective Studies
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