Stereotactic radiotherapy 'now an option’ for painful spinal metastases

Australian trial suggests the approach is superior to standard care, researchers say

Patients with painful spinal metastases are more likely to have complete resolution of their pain if they have stereotactic body radiotherapy than standard external beam radiotherapy, a study shows.

doctor pointing at model of spine

The finding is at odds with earlier trials, which failed to demonstrate improved pain relief with the more modern technology, suggesting perhaps the dosing regimen used in this phase II/III trial may be beneficial, the authors say.

In the open-label trial, 229