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New Therapy Extends Life for Prostate Cancer Patients

(SNM) June 11, 2012 - Prostate cancer patients with advanced tumors that have spread to bone have a poor chance of surviving. Patients with the disease may now live longer with a new line of radioisotope therapy, say researchers at the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s 2012 Annual Meeting.

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H. Jack West, MD (Posted: June 12, 2012)

quotesRadium-223 is an alpha emitting radioisotope that both significantly improves overall survival (by 3 months) compared with placebo but also reduces skeletal related events in men with metastatic prostate cancer. It also doesn't cause serious problems with irreversible myelosuppression. Once FDA-approved, hopefully later this year, it will be a terrific addition to our armamentarium for prostate cancer, where so many patients have extensive bone metastases and where well-tolerated approaches that significantly prolong survival are in short supply. quotes

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