Radium223 (Xofigo) treatment for stage four prostate cancer

Posted by norske46 @norske46, Oct 27, 2021

I am about to start treatment with radium 223. Has any one out there used this particular treatment? If so, what side effects have you experienced? How effective has iy been for you? Thanks for your help.

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@kujhawk1978, do you have experience with Radium-223 treatment?

@norske46, do you have bone metastases?

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Yes. My cancer has been clearly identified in my bones, especially the spine for about 21 months. Enzalutamide initially kept it in check but has now become ineffective. My PSA went from 40 to 264 from June 8 to September 30.

I met with Nuclear Medicine doctor this morning. My first treatment will be next Wednesday. November 3.

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@colleenyoung

@kujhawk1978, do you have experience with Radium-223 treatment?

@norske46, do you have bone metastases?

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I do not

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@norske46

Yes. My cancer has been clearly identified in my bones, especially the spine for about 21 months. Enzalutamide initially kept it in check but has now become ineffective. My PSA went from 40 to 264 from June 8 to September 30.

I met with Nuclear Medicine doctor this morning. My first treatment will be next Wednesday. November 3.

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Norske46. Thanks for posting this update. Looking forward to learning more about your treatment.

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@proftom2

Norske46. Thanks for posting this update. Looking forward to learning more about your treatment.

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Here is an update on my radium223 treatment. I had a second Radium223 treatment on December 16. Prior to the treatment my blood counts were low (red blood cells were 7.0) so I received two units of blood to boost my system. I have not had any side effects thus far other than blood count issues.

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I’m stage 4 prostate cancer has gone to my bones my ribs my sternum and my scapula I’ve been on hormone therapy for over a year my PSA has gone down to a .04 I now have an aggressive spot ,went on on chemo ,going to Xofigo any comments had 5 rounds of chemo stopping chemo

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@digger

I’m stage 4 prostate cancer has gone to my bones my ribs my sternum and my scapula I’ve been on hormone therapy for over a year my PSA has gone down to a .04 I now have an aggressive spot ,went on on chemo ,going to Xofigo any comments had 5 rounds of chemo stopping chemo

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Welcome, @digger. Sorry to hear that the cancer has spread to your bones. I moved your question about asking if anyone had experience with Xofigo (radium 223) to this existing discussion:
– Radium223 (Xofigo) treatment for stage four prostate cancer https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/radium223-treatment-for-stage-four-prostate-cancer/

I did this so you can connect with @norske46 who started radium 223 last year about this time. He can share his experiences with you and update on how things are going.

Digger, what chemo treatment did you stop? When will you start Xofigo?

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@digger: Thanks Colleen for bringing me in for this discussion. I began my radium223 treatments in November 2021. I ultimately had five of six projected treatments. Prior to and during the radium223 treatment I was on enzalutimide, having used bicalutimide first. I also had eligard injections every six months since March 2019 and zolodronic acid infusions every three months since early 2019. I had 44 radiation treatments in 2019. My PSA varied from a start of 541 got down to 2.2 during radiation (perhaps a false reading) and then began to rise again. Frankly I have lost track of when it rose and when it hit a high of 1131.
The radium223 treatment had very positive impact on the cancer but with the significant side effects of low blood counts. During treatment I received several blood and platelet transfusions. A blood marrow biopsy in February 2022 resulted in a decision to go to a docetaxel chemo treatment. The blood count side effects continued throughout the chemo treatment. We did five of six treatments and then we stopped that treatment. Since then (about May of this year) my PSA went up to 1013 or so. Now we are looking for the next step. I had a PSMA PET with F18 isotope yesterday. And will get the results on Monday. One option on the table is Lu177 treatment but time will tell.
So, as for the impact of the Radium223, I would say it helped hold the cancer in check but with the side effect of compromised blood counts at all levels. Hemoglobin, white cells,
neutrophiles,, and platelets.
As you begin this treatment please keep a close eye on your counts. Don't let them get out of hand. I think this is a good treatment but, in my case, the side effects were significant.
I hope this long-winded response is helpful to some degree. In so far as possible, stay positive and stay patient. This is a long journey but all we can do is educate ourselves as best possible and stay involved in our treatment plan. Ask questions, get answers and keep pushing forward. If radium223 does not work. Look for something else. There are many options. Keep looking for the next step.

Good luck

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@digger

I’m stage 4 prostate cancer has gone to my bones my ribs my sternum and my scapula I’ve been on hormone therapy for over a year my PSA has gone down to a .04 I now have an aggressive spot ,went on on chemo ,going to Xofigo any comments had 5 rounds of chemo stopping chemo

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I am stage four prostate cancer too, I am being treated at Smilow Cancer Hospital. My treatment sounds nothing like yours. Today I begin radiation treatment for a lesion on my pelvis. Hope things go well for you!

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@colleenyoung

Welcome, @digger. Sorry to hear that the cancer has spread to your bones. I moved your question about asking if anyone had experience with Xofigo (radium 223) to this existing discussion:
– Radium223 (Xofigo) treatment for stage four prostate cancer https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/radium223-treatment-for-stage-four-prostate-cancer/

I did this so you can connect with @norske46 who started radium 223 last year about this time. He can share his experiences with you and update on how things are going.

Digger, what chemo treatment did you stop? When will you start Xofigo?

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Thank you Colleen I really appreciate it I like to learn as much as I can

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