Use of Technologically Advanced Radiation Oncology Techniques for Palliative Patients

Simon S. Lo, Bin S. Teh, Samuel T. Chao, Arjun Sahgal, Nina A. Mayr, Eric L. Chang

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With the availability of newer technologies, more patients are increasingly treated with palliative radiation therapy using advanced techniques because of the perceived advantage of better symptom control and normal tissue sparing. This chapter provides an overview of clinical applications of technologically advanced radiation therapy in the palliative setting. Most of the data from literature on the use of advanced radiation therapy techniques for palliation of symptoms pertain to intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT), and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for brain, spinal, and bone metastases. The chapter also discusses toxicities associated with palliative radiotherapy using advanced technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRadiation Oncology in Palliative Cancer Care
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781118484159
StatePublished - Mar 7 2013


  • Bone metastasis
  • Brain metastasis
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Palliative patients
  • Radiation therapy
  • Spinal metastasis
  • Stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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