External Beam Radiation
Radiation is often given to provide treatment to bone cancer or soft tissue tumors such as a sarcoma. It is also given for the relief of bone pain related to metastatic bone cancer. Radiation treats only a specific area in which it is concentrated. Unlike chemotherapy, radiation rarely causes nausea, sickness and does not cause hair loss. Radiation is delivered under the guidance of a physician know as a Radiation Oncologist. Our physicians have expert knowledge regarding the role of radiation in the treatment of musculoskeletal tumors. If we determine that you would benefit from radiation, you will be referred to one of the many qualified Radiation Oncologists who work closely with our doctors.
This technique is used to treat a very painful but benign bone tumor called and Osteoid Osteoma. Prior to the development of this technique, patients would often require extensive surgeries to remove this tumor. This often left patients with weakness and required a very long healing time. With radiofrequency ablation (RFA), an interventional radiologist uses a CT scant to pass a small needle into the center of the bone tumor. The tip of the needle becomes very hot at the radiofrequency waves pass through it. This kills the center or Nidus of the tumor and complete pain relief is seen in a matter of hours to days. Learn more about: radiofrequency ablation for osteoid osteoma and view a video of the procedure.
When a bone tumor or bone cancer has caused a partial or full break of a bone, you may not need surgery. Instead, you may only need radiation treatment but while you waiting to receive the radiation, our physicians my place you into a cast or order a custom splint to wear during your treatment and recovery.