Dr Edward Chow
Sunnybrook Research Institute and NCIC Clinical Trials Group
A new standard for managing cancer pain
Pain from advanced cancer that has spread to the bone can be treated with radiation therapy. However, the pain can temporarily get worse before getting better. Dr Edward Chow of the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto and the NCIC Clinical Trials Group based at Queen’s University in Kingston led a clinical trial showing that the steroid dexamethasone could prevent pain flare-ups from radiation therapy. They concluded that this treatment should be part of standard care for bone metastases, which could change how advanced cancer is managed worldwide.
Reference: Lancet Oncology, November 2015