Our Brothers Have Been Dealt a Blow by NICE- They Might Not Approve Xofigo

Officials from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) have made a preliminary decision not to recommend covering the drug radium-223 dichloride (Xofigo) for use for men with prostate cancer that has spread to the bone. This latest draft guidance from Nice states that Bayer has not provided information on how Xofigo performs [...]

Zytiga in Québec, Radium-223 in England & Lets Change Our Antiquated Approval Nonsense

Men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) in Québec, Canada now have access to Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) prior to having chemotherapy. Effective February 3, 2014, the province has added ZYTIGA to the public drug formulary for the treatment of mCRPC in men who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic after failure of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). [...]

Can You Ever Be Re-Treated With Xofigo? Finding The Answer With A New Clinical Trial

Now that Radium-223 Dichloride (Xofigo) has been approved by the FDA for use in men with castrate resistant prostate cancer with bone metastases we will begin to see the actual treatments happening. The next question in the process that will arise is whether or not it is safe and effective to re-treat an individual with [...]

Why Xofigo is Superior to Other Radiopharmaceuticals for Advanced Prostate Cancer Treatment

We are in the fortunate position because the treatment of men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) continues to evolve as new agents with the ability to extend survival gain FDA approval. The most recently FDA approved treatment, the alpha emitting radiopharmaceutical radium-223 (Xofigo) was approved for men with bone metastatic prostate cancer. Most other [...]

Commonly Used FDA Approved Treatments for Metastatic Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer (mCRPC)

The first line of treatment for advanced prostate cancer is Androgen (male hormone) Deprivation Therapy or ADT. Once the PSA progresses (climbs) while still on ADT and with testosterone levels

Xofigo – Designed to be Used with the Best Standard of Care Treatments

Most of the newly approved drugs and treatments for men with advanced prostate cancer are designed and approved to be used independently of other advanced prostate cancer treatments, other than with the continuation of standard androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). The newly approved drug, Xofigo, is different. It has been designed to supplement, or actually go [...]

Side Effects of Xofigo – Are They Significant?

The following post is actually a response to a listserve issue over the side effects of Xofigo. I decided to post my response here to avoid the limit of lines allowed on the listserve and because I feel that it is also of interest to my regular readers of this blog. My response is using [...]

Short Video Explaining Xofigo (Radium 223 Dichloride, Alpharadin or Radium 223)

The New England Journal of Medicine just published a very appealing and easy to understand video about Xofigo dichloride (Radium 223 or Alpharadin), the newly FDA approved treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer who have developed bone metastasis. The short video can be viewed at: N.E. Journal Xofigo Video Joel T. Nowak, M.A., M.S.W.

Radium-223, An Alpha Emitter Treatment for Advanced Prostate Cancer Called A Breakthrough Treatment

In an interview about radium 223 with Medscape Medical News, Dr. Vapiwala pointed out that radium-223 is the first alpha-emitter to reach the market, and described it as a "breakthrough for radiopharmaceuticals" and "another breakthrough for prostate cancer," as it joins several other agents that have recently been approved for this disease. She characterized the [...]