Palliative radiotherapy-New approaches

Birgitt Van Oorschot*, Dirk Rades, Wolfgang Schulze, Gabriele Beckmann, Petra Feyer

*Corresponding author for this work
35 Citations (Scopus)


Most cancer patients will require radiation therapy some time during their disease. Thirty percent to 50% of all radiation treatments are palliative, either to alleviate symptoms or prophylactic to prevent deterioration of quality of life from local progressive disease. Radiotherapy is a locally effective tool. It typically causes no systemic and mostly mild acute side effects. We will provide an overview of principles, decision-making, and new developments in palliative radiation therapy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSeminars in Oncology
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)443-449
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 06.2011


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