The role of postoperative radiation and coordination of care in patients with metastatic bone disease of the appendicular skeleton

Andrew R. Summers, Travis Philipp, Jacob D. Mikula, Kenneth R. Gundle

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Abstract

Metastatic bone disease affects approximately 300,000 people in the United States, and the burden is rising. These patients experience significant morbidity and decreased survival. The management of these patients requires coordinated care among a multidisciplinary team of physicians, including orthopaedic surgeons. This article reviews the role of radiation therapy after orthopaedic stabilization of impending or realized pathologic extremity fractures. Orthopaedic surgeons have an opportunity to benefit patients with metastatic bone disease by referring them for consideration of post-operative radiation therapy. Further research into rates of referral and the effect on clinical outcomes in this population is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7261
Pages (from-to)93-97
Number of pages5
JournalOrthopedic Reviews
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Metastatic bone disease
  • Multidisciplinary care
  • Pathologic fracture
  • Radiation therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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