When is this procedure indicated?
Bone metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer.
How is it performed?
Ra-223 is administered intravenously by slow injection (usually up to 1 minute) at 4 weeks ± 7 days intervals, using 6 injections. Unless clinically necessary, discharge will be on a same-day basis. The most frequently observed unfavorable reactions (≥10%) in patients treated with Ra-223 were diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and thrombocytopenia. The most serious side effects are thrombocytopenia and neutropenia. Hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylactic and anaphylactoid allergic reactions are also possible, although rarely observed.
No other known contraindications to the use of Ra-223.