Treatment options in patients with bone metastases are mostly aimed at palliation. The goals of treatment in these patients is pain control, prevention and treatment of fractures, maintenance of independence and prevention of tumor progression, and improvement of quality of remaining life. Embolization can also be used for palliative relief of skeletal pain and prevention of further tumor growth in patients who are not candidates for surgery. Life expectancy is not influenced by embolization therapy and embolization therapy does not appear to improve survival; however, embolization has an important impact on palliation and quality of life.
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