Journal article

Current and future treatments of bone metastases

JCM Clark, CR Dass, Peter FM Choong

EXPERT OPINION ON EMERGING DRUGS | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

Bone metastases contribute to a significant degree of morbidity in patients with common cancers through the development of skeletal related events (SRE) such as bone pain and pathological fracture. Traditional therapy has relied on surgical removal of lesions and, with the advent of adjuvant therapies, has been combined with radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and more recently osteoclast inhibiting agents like bisphosphonates. Although these therapeutic combinations can achieve a degree of local control, and rarely cure, across the vast majority of metastatic cancers they provide only palliation. Newer molecular agents currently under investigation, combined with innovations in surgery and radiatio..

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