- Last Updated: December 21, 2017
Focused Ultrasound Therapy
Focused ultrasound is an early-stage, non-invasive, therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of care for patients with multiple myeloma. This novel technology focuses beams of ultrasonic energy precisely and accurately on targets deep in the body without damaging surrounding normal tissue. Where the beams converge, the ultrasound produces precise ablation (thermal destruction of tissue) enabling metastatic lesions from multiple myeloma to be treated without surgery. Multiple myeloma is a disease in the bone marrow, and the use of focused ultrasound is aimed at treating the metastatic lesions that typically impact the weight bearing bones.
The primary options for treatment of metastatic disease from multiple myeloma include surgical resection. But, for certain patients, focused ultrasound could provide a non-invasive alternative to surgery with less risk of complications and lower cost.
- Focused ultrasound is non-invasive, so it does not carry added concerns like surgical wound healing or infection.
- Focused ultrasound is non-invasive, so it does not impact the neighboring, normal tissue.
- It can be repeated, if necessary.
There have been studies on bone lesions that have included patients with metastatic multiple myeloma lesions in their bones. One such study is ongoing in Israel.
For a full list of clinical trials on multiple myeloma, please see here.
Regulatory Approval and Reimbursement
Focused ultrasound for metastatic lesions to the bone is typically covered by most insurance companies. As bone metastatic lesions from multiple myeloma are less common, it is wise to check with your specific insurance company to see if they will pay for this care.
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Click here for additional references from PubMed.*
*These links are based on the broader list of bone metastatic disease, as many of these also refer to care for multiple myeloma patients with bone metastases.