If your physician has told you that your cancer is beyond treatment, it may be that he or she is not aware of the option to use locoregional therapies to treat it. This treatment targets the tumors precisely and increases your quality of life and perhaps the length of survival. Quality of life is the goal. Such targeted therapy may take many forms: radiation delivered to the tumor via the arteries (radioembolization) or chemotherapy delivered the same way, or destruction of the tumor with concentrated heat or even more recently developed techniques of modification of the immune system.
Pain management is an essential part of the management of cancer. Selected patients are able to have the pain related to bony tumors that have spread there from lung cancer, for example, resolved almost immediately with the use of ablation of the tumor and the reinforcement of the bone with bone cement. Other types of pain management include the interruption of the pain nerves from the affected area by eliminating them through the injection of medications or ethanol.