About Xofigo ®

Xofigo® is a new type of systemic radiation used to treat prostate cancer that has spread to your bone. Although the radiation passes through your entire body, it attacks only cancer cells in your bone. Because of this, it has low side effects.

How It Works

Made of a radioactive substance called radium 223, Xofigo® moves throughout your body and “hones in” on tumors in your bone. The injection causes minimal damage to healthy tissue around the tumors and therefore side effects are minimal. 
Xofigo® is given as an injection every four weeks for six months. The injection is delivered intravenously and takes only about one minute.

Side Effects

Generally, patients experience few side effects from Xofigo®. The most common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, swelling of the arms and legs (edema) and low blood cell counts.

Most patients can often continue all or some of their normal daily activities with a reduced schedule. Many patients continue to work full time during radiation therapy.

Because Xofigo® injections contain a radioactive substance, there are some additional precautions you must take while receiving treatment to prevent exposing others. Follow good hygiene practices to reduce others’ exposure to any bodily fluids. You must also use a condom during intercourse to prevent exposing your partner. There are no restrictions regarding causal contact with other people.

Talk with members of your radiation oncology team about any side effects you’re having. They can give you information about how to manage them and may prescribe medicines that can help provide relief.