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Single dose radiotherapy in soft tissue tumoral masses: just enough palliation

Andrés Vargas
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2019.12.010
Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2020;25(1):64-67.



Single fraction radiotherapy (SFR) is effective in palliation of symptoms related to advanced cancer. Despite this, several studies have shown that the trend towards multiple fraction treatment (MFR) is largely maintained. Even in patients with limited life expectancy, SFR is significantly underutilized in current practice.

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Four patients diagnosed with advanced cancer who developed soft tissue lesions were treated with SFR due to frailty and/or a poor performance status.


Despite the effectiveness of SFR is well-established in BM, its use in symptoms caused by soft tissue lesions have been underreported. SFR could be a good option for providing palliation in some patients, particularly in those who are frail or have a poor performance status.

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