UBC Faculty Research and Publications

Utilization of palliative radiotherapy for bone metastases near end of life in a population-based cohort Tiwana, Manpreet S; Barnes, Mark; Kiraly, Andrew; Olson, Robert A


Background: Palliative radiotherapy (PRT) can significantly improve quality of life for patients dying of cancer with bone metastases. However, an aggressive cancer treatment near end of life is an indicator of poor-quality care. But the optimal rate of overall palliative RT use near the end of life is still unknown. We sought to determine the patterns of palliative radiation therapy (RT) utilization in patients with bone metastases towards their end of life in a population-based, publicly funded health care system. Methods: All consecutive patients with bone metastases treated with RT between 2007 and 2011 were identified in a provincial Canadian cancer registry database. Patients were categorized as receiving RT in the last 2 weeks, 2–4 weeks, or >4 weeks before their death. Associations between RT fractionation utilization by these categories, and patient and provider characteristics were assessed through logistic regression. Results: Of the 16,898 courses 1734 (10.3) and 709 (4.2 %) were prescribed to patients in the last 2–4 weeks and

Item Media

Item Citations and Data


Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Usage Statistics