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How does radium 223 dichloride (Xofigo) treat advanced prostate cancer?

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This medicine is approved for use in men who have advanced prostate cancer that has spread only to the bones. Men who take it should have also gotten androgen deprivation therapy. You get this drug by injection once a month. It works by binding to minerals within bones to deliver radiation directly to bone tumors.

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Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

National Institutes of Health.

American Cancer Society web site.

News release, Astellas Pharma Inc.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 17, 2019

SOURCES: 

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

National Institutes of Health.

American Cancer Society web site.

News release, Astellas Pharma Inc.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 17, 2019

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