How effective is radiation therapy on bone metastases?

Very. Radiation is the treatment of choice for bone mets its very effective palliative therapy for cancer with bone mets.
Very effective. There are many oncology therapies for treating bone metastases, but none are as effective as radiation therapy in both killing cancer cells and relieving pain. We can use a single high dose of treatment or multiple lower doses of treatment.

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How effective is radiation for bone metastases?

Good. Radiation therapy is quite effective in palliation of bone metastasis.
Depends. That largely depends on the type of cancer you have. I would strongly recommend a consultation with oncologist or a hematologist.

For bone metastases what are the benefits and costs of local infiltration of anesthetic over palliative radiation?

Talk to an expert. Radiation oncologists are experts in the treatment of bone metastases by radiation, and are the best doctors to answer this question for you. If pain is the chief problem, consult a pain specialist. Local infiltration with an anesthetic such as Lidocaine will provide only brief, temporary pain relief and is not a solution. The kind of cancer is important to know before treatment.

For bone metastases what are the pros/cons of local anesthetic over palliative radiation?

? local anesthetic? Local anesthetic? Can you clarify. For isolated bone mets with pain or impending fracture radiation can be useful. Otherwise, bone mets can be treated with bisphosphonate (zometa) or Denosumab (xgeva).

How good is radiation on bone metastases?

Depends. Depends on the primary tumor, you have to trust your oncologist on the right path.

Are there treatment guidelines for bone metastases?

Bone mets. 3 modalities can be used to treat bony mets. Chemo (type of chemo will depend on the primary cancer); radiation therapy directed to the most painful area/ of if there is fracture-to relieve symptoms; and surgery -sometimes is utilized for fracture that is caused by cancer- to relieve the symptoms/decompres if there is spinal cord compression. Medications like Reclast (zoledronic acid) or Denosumab are also used.
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What is the latest treatment for small cell carcinoma of the lung with bone metastases?

Clinical trial. Clinical trial or standard chemotherapy. Bone mets can be treated with bisphosphonate (zometa) or Denosumab (xgeva). Mri of the brain should evaluate for brain mets. Trials: http://clinicaltrials. Gov/ct2/results? Term=small+cell+lung+cancer&recr=open&no_unk=y standard of care chemotherapy is a 2 drug combination with a "platinum".

Can doctors use radiation therapy on the whole body to kill small cancer metastases?

No. The only setting where total body radiation is used is in the context of preparing a patient for a bone marrow transplant. Radiation is really a local treatment that is most commonly used to treat a particular mass or region but not so much the whole body.
Yes. It has been more common in the past to use whole body radiation to perform preparation of patient for bone marrow transplant. But these days chemotherapy is more common and effective. Whole body skin radiation can be used in widespread t cell lymphomas but there are easier alternatives. For most cancers whole body radiation is not feasible or advisable.
Not used anymore. But it used to be tried as part of lymphoma therapy as far back as the 1930's in very low doses. It was never proven to be beneficial. Half-body radiotherapy was used to treat pain in prostate cancer in the 1980's. Both have fallen out of favor because there are alternative better ways with fewer side effects.