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In Reply: We agree with Dr Levitt
that treating patients with cancer pain often requires multiple
modalities, one of which is radiation therapy, particularly for bone
metastases. While our study did not specifically identify patients with
bone metastases, our findings are consistent with those in the Swedish
study.1 Among patients aged 65 to 74 years with cancer who
were admitted to nursing homes from the hospital, only 6.5% of
patients had received radiation therapy within 14 days of their
assessment for pain.
Mor V, Bernabei R, Lapane KL, Gambassi G, . Managing Pain in Elderly Patients—Reply. JAMA. 1999;281(7):605–606. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-7-jbk0217
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