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Jim Marshall (not a doctor) said ... Metastases (mets) are cancers growing away from the original cancer. In prostate cancer, metastases are often found growing in bone. This can become very painful. A common treatment for a painful met is a strong dose of radiation (X-rays) focussed on the met. A special problem arises at the end of life. No one wants to give a treatment that won't work in time. So Rachel McDonald and her colleagues looked at how quickly radiation to one or two mets gave pain relief and a better quality of life. The answer: Men who responded (around 40%) reported significant pain relief at day 10, and a greater quality of life at day 42 in a number of ways. The authors conclusion: ... end Jim The link below is to a page or document that we do not control. Parts of it may be wrong or misleading. Check with your doctor if something interests you. You may need to subscribe to the site to view the article. If it is temporarily or permanently unavailable, you may receive an error message. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2601221