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Palliative radiotherapy for bone metastases in elderly patients improves quality of life
Date:4/22/2013

Bone metastases can profoundly disrupt a patient's life, particularly when, as is the case with many elderly, they already have other health problems. Strategies for minimising their effect are vital to improving quality of life," Dr Westhoff said.

"Radiotherapy departments across The Netherlands are trying to set up a prospective database to follow up the effectiveness of a number of palliative treatments. Following these encouraging results in the elderly, we intend to focus on this age group in the future," she concluded.

President of ESTRO, Professor Vincenzo Valentini, a radiation oncologist at the Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli, Rome, Italy, said: "We know that the pain relief from a single fraction of radiotherapy can reduce patients' morphine consumption. Though morphine is an important drug in the control of tumour pain, it has side-effects such as nausea, constipation, and grogginess, which compromise seriously patients' quality of life. This simple pain control strategy allows the morphine dose to be minimised, and also improves quality of life."


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Contact: Mary Rice
mary.rice@riceconseil.eu
European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO)
Source:Eurekalert

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