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Author(s): Francisco D. C. Guerra Liberal
Adriana Alexandre S. Tavares
João Manuel R. S. Tavares
Title: Palliative treatment of metastatic bone pain with radiopharmaceuticals: a perspective beyond Strontium-89 and Samarium-153
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: PurposeThe present review article aims to provide an overview of the available radionuclides for palliative treatment of bone metastases beyond 89Sr and 153Sm. In addition, it aims to review and summarize the clinical outcomes associated with the palliative treatment of bone metastases using different radiopharmaceuticals.Materials and methodsA literature search was conducted on Science Direct and PubMed databases (1990 - 2015). The following search terms were combined in order to obtain relevant results: bone, metastases, palliative, care, therapy, treatment, radiotherapy, review, radiopharmaceutical, phosphorus-32, strontium-89, yttrium-90, tin-117m, samarium-153, holmium-166, thulium-170, lutetium-177, rhenium-186, rhenium-188 and radium-223. Studies were included if they provided information regarding the clinical outcomes.Results and conclusionsA comparative analysis of the measured therapeutic response of different radiopharmaceuticals, based on previously published data, suggests that there is a lack of substantial differences in palliative efficacy among radiopharmaceuticals. However, when the comparative analysis adds factors such as patients life expectancy, radionuclides physical characteristics (e.g. tissue penetration range and half-life) and health economics to guide the rational selection of a radiopharmaceutical for palliative treatment of bone metastases, 177Lu and 188Re-labeled radiopharmaceuticals appear to be the most suitable radiopharmaceuticals for treatment of small and medium/large size bone lesions, respectively.
Subject: Ciências Tecnológicas, Ciências médicas e da saúde
Technological sciences, Medical and Health sciences
Scientific areas: Ciências médicas e da saúde
Medical and Health sciences
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: openAccess
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