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Drug that improves prostate cancer patients’ quality of life introduced at Poole Hospital

A drug that is proven to increase the quality of life for prostate cancer patients has been made available at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for the first time.

The medication, Xofigo, is a type of radium therapy that relieves bone pain in patients who have advanced prostate cancer.

The therapy specifically targets cancer cells in bones after the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

It is a unique palliative treatment that is administered via a course of monthly injections, slowing cancer growth after the body has stopped responding to hormone treatment.

Clinical trials have also shown that men who receive the medication may also live longer.

Poole is the first and only trust in Dorset that has the approval to administer Xofigo.

Before its introduction, patients at the hospital were forced to travel to Southampton with some declining to travel due to the distance.    

Now, they can have the treatment at a trust closer to their home and their family, managed by a clinician they already know.

Currently, four patients at Poole Hospital are in the treatment cycle and radium therapy is available to all advanced prostate cancer patients in the county who are admitted to Poole Hospital for treatment.

It is anticipated that around 20 patients a year will benefit from the therapy.

Dr Kat Dixon, head of nuclear medicine, at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“The introduction of Xofigo at Poole Hospital is a great step forward.

“This treatment will be of a huge benefit to an advanced prostate cancer patient’s quality of life and will result in an improved patient experience.”

“It’s fantastic that we are now able to provide this treatment at Poole, rather than having to refer patients to Southampton, a journey which was not possible for many patients,” said Dr Susannah Brock, oncology consultant, at Poole Hospital.

“Radium therapy gives us another treatment option for men with prostate cancer which has spread to their bones, helping us to maintain their quality of life and improve their overall life span.”

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