How Radiation Therapy Treats Myeloma - Myeloma Radiation Therapy


How It Is Used in Myeloma

Radiation therapy may be used in several ways to treat multiple myeloma:

  • Local radiation therapy at higher doses (with chemotherapy in some cases) is used in the treatment of solitary tumors in bone or soft tissue (plasmacytomas)
  • High-dose radiation to a larger part of the body may be used to reduce tumor burden or as salvage therapy
  • Local low-dose radiation therapy is sometimes used as palliative treatment to relieve uncontrolled pain and is also used to help prevent or treat bone fractures or spinal-cord compression
  • Total body irradiation is used in conjunction with high-dose chemotherapy prior to stem cell transplantation in order to help kill myeloma cells in the bone marrow

Visit the Multiple Myeloma Knowledge Center to learn more about multiple myeloma