Radiopharmaceuticals are drugs that contain radioactive materials, known as radioisotopes. These drugs may be administered by multiple routes and travel to the body to treat cancer or to reduce symptoms. Radiopharmaceuticals release radiation (alpha and beta particles) that target the affected areas.
Everyone responds to radiopharmaceuticals differently. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what to expect, including any side-effects you may experience while on these medications. Some therapies used to treat prostate cancer may interact with other prescription or non-prescription medications you are taking. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any medications.
Below is a list of common radiopharmaceuticals used to treat prostate cancer. Click on each drug name for further information including:
Radium 223 Dichloride (Xofigo)
- what the drug is and how it works
- how the drug is administered
- possible side effects of the drug
- whether the drug is covered by your provincial drug program