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New Drug that Delivers Targeted Radiation Minimizes Pain and May Extend Prostate Cancer Survival
Date:9/17/2013

CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new treatment for advanced prostate cancer has been shown to minimize pain and extend life for prostate cancer patients with advanced disease that has spread to the bones.  The targeted radiation treatment, a radiopharmaceutical drug known as Xofigo, is injected into the body to precisely deliver radiation while minimizing damage to healthy tissue.  Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) is among the first hospitals in the region to offer the breakthrough treatment.

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"To date there have been limited treatment options for prostate cancer with bone metastases," said Bernard Eden, MD, medical director of radiation oncology at CTCA at Midwestern.  "This is an important progression because Xofigo delivers a strong defense that helps improve quality of life and lengthen life for men fighting advanced stage prostate cancer."

Xofigo or radium-223 dichloride is an alpha emitter that mimics calcium and binds to the bone where cells are rapidly dividing.  It is administered through an intravenous line during an outpatient procedure and takes less than 10 minutes.  The drug destroys cancer cells while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue since it only travels a short distance in the body.  Patients typically receive up to six Xofigo treatments over a six-month period, along with blood work and monitoring in between.  Side effects of the drug are minimal.

In 2013, nearly 30,000 men will die from the disease, and an estimated 239,000 new cases are expected according to the American Cancer Society.  As prostate cancer progresses, many men reach a point where hormone therapy is no longer effective in managing the
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