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Radiopharmaceutical for Pain Relief and Cancer control from Metastatic Bone Disease due to Prostate Cancer
Your doctor has recommended Xofigo® a radiopharmaceutical (RAY-dee-oh-far-muh-SUE-tuh-kol) to treat your bone pain, improve cancer control and decrease skeletal complications. A radiopharmaceutical is a radioactive drug that is given through an injection in your arm. Once injected, the medication travels through your body and settles in your bones, giving you relief from pain.
Your radiopharmaceutical injection will be done as an outpatient procedure. The procedure will take approximately an hour. You will be monitored for up to ½ hour after the injection after which you may go home. You may continue your normal daily activities with friends and family members after your injection.
This radiopharmaceutical is routinely prescribed as a six (6) injection course, four (4) weeks apart to help with bone disease and improve survival. Blood work will be required prior to each injection to ensure blood counts are stable. Your nurse will assist in coordinating the tests. Continue taking your current pain medication. You and your doctor will decide if the dose needs to be adjusted.
There are no restrictions regarding contact with other people after receiving Xofigo except as noted below.
For one week after each injection:
For patients who are sexually active, use condoms and make sure female partners, who may become pregnant, use highly effective birth control methods during treatment and for six months after completion of Xofigo treatment.
Call your nurse or doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: