ASTRO Guideline Update on Palliative Radiation for Bone Mets
An updated guideline on the use of palliative radiation therapy for bone metastases from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) continues to support pain relief equivalency between single- and multiple-fraction regimens based on new high-quality evidence.

The implications for practice remain unchanged from the original 2011 guideline, senior author of the new guideline, Carol Hahn, MD, confirmed in an interview. Dr Hahn is vice-chair of radiation oncology at Duke Cancer Center Wake County and professor of radiation oncology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

"Updated data analysis confirms that radiation therapy provides excellent palliation for painful bone metastases and that retreatment is safe and effective," Dr Hahn and other members of the guideline task force write in "Palliative Radiation Therapy for Bone Metastases: Update of an ASTRO Evidence-Based Guideline."The online report was published in the January-February issue of ASTRO's Practical Radiation Oncology journal.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/876018
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