Hemibody irradiation

Uptodate 2015

Hemibody irradiation refers to treating a large portion of the body with external beam irradiation and can provide rapid pain relief when multiple sites of symptomatic bone metastases are present [2,21]. The use of hemibody irradiation has largely been replaced by the administration of radiopharmaceuticals, which offer a similar degree of pain relief and may be associated with less toxicity. Hemibody irradiation may retain a role when access to radiopharmaceuticals is limited.