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Can radiation therapy treat bone cancer?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Some people confuse bone cancer with when another type of cancer spreads to the bone (metastasis).
Radiation can help the bone or the pain. As dr. Noga stated true bone cancer such as myeloma or plasmacytoma can also be treated with radiation. Other bone cancers, osteosarcoma or bone tumors may also have a role from radiation but surgery is usually the best for that type of bone cancers.

In brief: Yes
Some people confuse bone cancer with when another type of cancer spreads to the bone (metastasis).
Radiation can help the bone or the pain. As dr. Noga stated true bone cancer such as myeloma or plasmacytoma can also be treated with radiation. Other bone cancers, osteosarcoma or bone tumors may also have a role from radiation but surgery is usually the best for that type of bone cancers.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Stephen Noga
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Can treat myeloma
If bone cancer refers to multiple myeloma, then yes radiation therapy is used to treat myeloma.
Usually this is a localized use such as around a pending fracture or there is a single plasmacytoma. It has also been used as total body irradiation in combination with chemotherapy for stem cell transplant. The most common use is to reduce pain quickly and is never curative.

In brief: Can treat myeloma
If bone cancer refers to multiple myeloma, then yes radiation therapy is used to treat myeloma.
Usually this is a localized use such as around a pending fracture or there is a single plasmacytoma. It has also been used as total body irradiation in combination with chemotherapy for stem cell transplant. The most common use is to reduce pain quickly and is never curative.
Dr. Stephen Noga
Dr. Stephen Noga
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Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends on cancer
Some bone cancers, like ewing's sarcoma and multiple myeloma, are very sensitive to radiation, making it a good treatment option.
Others, like osteosarcoma, don't respond well to radiation and radiation is only used as a last resort. When cancer, such as breast or prostate, spreads to bone, radiation is commonly used with good results.

In brief: Depends on cancer
Some bone cancers, like ewing's sarcoma and multiple myeloma, are very sensitive to radiation, making it a good treatment option.
Others, like osteosarcoma, don't respond well to radiation and radiation is only used as a last resort. When cancer, such as breast or prostate, spreads to bone, radiation is commonly used with good results.
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Dr. Ilya Iofin
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