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Radiotherapy

Nicholas van As and Robert Huddart

in Cancer-related Bone Pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780199215737
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191739859 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199215737.003.0008

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library Opml P

Radiotherapy

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Radiotherapy uses high energy X-rays, gamma rays, or electrons to deliver ionizing radiation to patients with malignant disease. There are three ways in which ionizing radiation can be delivered:

1. external beam therapy—using a machine such as a linear accelerator, or cobalt machine;

2. brachytherapy—using a localized radioisotope implant; or

3. radionuclide therapy—using a systemic radioisotope preparation.

This chapter will look at the evidence for the use of these different modalities of radiotherapy in the management of cancer-related bone pain.

Chapter.  4033 words. 

Subjects: Radiation Oncology ; Pain Medicine

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