Did you know that prostate cancer spreads to the bone in 9 out of 10 men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC)? One of the reasons it may have spread is because the cancer is no longer responding to hormonal or surgical treatment that lowers testosterone.
Among the treatment options being utilized, there is a treatment called Xofigo® (radium Ra 223 dichloride) injection. Xofigo is used to treat prostate cancer that no longer responds to hormonal or surgical treatment that lowers testosterone. It is for men whose prostate cancer has spread to the bone with symptoms but not to other parts of the body.
Xofigo contains the radioactive material radium 223, which works by going to areas in the bones that are growing quickly, just like calcium does. Bone metastases are one of those rapidly growing areas. Once at the metastases, Xofigo gives off a strong energy that travels a short distance. The energy is deadly to the cancer cells in the bones but does limited damage to nearby healthy cells. Xofigo can be absorbed by other organs, primarily the bone marrow and digestive system, which may result in side effects in those healthy tissues.
Contact us at 310.264.9000 to speak to one of our radiologists about mCRPC, risk factors, symptoms and treatments like Xofigo that may be appropriate for certain patients.
You can also get more information regarding Xofigo on their website: https://www.xofigo-us.com
Tower Saint John’s Imaging Radiologists will proudly be participating in this month’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s”. The event will be taking place in Santa Monica and is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!
2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Westside Walk
Registration at 9:00am
Ceremony at 10:00am
Walk at 10:30am
Route Length: 2 miles
1615 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
To join TSJI or donate to this great cause, visit our team page here: Walk to End Alzheimer’s