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OsteoCool™ radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive, palliative option for patients with bone tumors in the spine and in peripheral bone. Ablation times vary between 6.5 to 15 minutes per affected area.
Physicians can treat patients with the therapy right away, while other treatments, like radiation therapy, are being planned. Additionally, OsteoCool™ RF ablation does not disrupt systemic therapies and it can be used before, during or after radiation therapy. If conventional cancer therapies are considered ineffective or too slow-acting, or if they cause unacceptable side effects,1 consider addressing your patient's cancer pain with the OsteoCool™ procedure. Together we can treat cancer pain in new ways, so patients can have better quality lives.
Radiation therapy (RT) is the gold standard palliative treatment for patients with bone metastases. But there may be patients who cannot or do not benefit from RT as the only treatment for pain palliation.
Metastatic bone disease pain is multifaceted. While some pain derives from biological sources such as cytokine release, other pain sources are mechanical.2 We’re actively collaborating across specialties to find treatment algorithms that address the needs of patients with bone metastases.
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"It's so important to identify new treatment opportunities and provide innovative therapies like OsteoCool™ RF ablation to help us achieve positive outcomes with this patient population. At Duke, we have brought together a multidisciplinary team around spinal metastases management... [and] we've found that we can do much more for these patients than we can independently."
Discover how interventionalists and oncologists work together to help patients suffering from metastatic bone disease on ViewMedi, a free medical education resource.
Dr. Hopkins discusses combining radiofrequency ablation and radiation therapy in the treatment of bone tumors through a series of case studies.
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Sabharwal T, Katsanos K, Buy X, Gangi A. Image-guided ablation therapy of bone tumors. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2009;30(2):78-90.
Wallace AN, Greenwood TJ, Jennings JW. Radiofrequency ablation and vertebral augmentation for palliation of painful spinal metastases. J Neurooncol. 2015;124(1):111-118