'We're excited': RFA for pain relief in bone metastases

Prospective study in 200 patients finds effect is durable for up to a year

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for the palliative treatment of patients with bone metastases provides rapid and sustained pain relief, according to new research.

The study was presented by lead researcher Dr Jason Levy of Northside Hospital, Atlanta, US at the Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting.

Radiation treatments have been commonly used for osseous metastases, but pain relief can take "weeks to occur and in this palliative-care population that can represent a significant portion of