Precise Radiation for Bone Cancer
Bone cancer is relatively rare in the United States. Only primary bone cancer requires surgery. However, bone cancer is often secondary, metastasized from cancers in other areas of the body. Radiation therapy is the primary form of treatment for secondary bone cancer.
If radiation therapy is warranted, cutting-edge therapies such as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) enable physicians to deliver higher and ultra precise doses of radiation to previously unreachable tumors while sparing nearby healthy tissue. For this reason, IMRT/IGRT may be effective in some bone cancers for which radiation therapy previously was not an option.