Bone metastases can cause considerable pain if left untreated. Radiating the tumours will not kill them, but can improve the pain they cause, so this is often a good alternative to painkilling drugs.
If patients need more aggressive therapy, cryoablation and embolisation will be considered by the medical, surgical and radiation oncologists.
Patients may also be given a bisphosphonate drug. There is evidence from other cancers to suggest that these drugs may slow down or halt bone damage. They may also reduce pain.