Health officials approve 'life-extending' prostate cancer drug

Health officials have given a life-extending drug the green light for widespread NHS, giving hope to thousands of men facing a "death sentence" from prostate cancer.

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Charity: Prostate cancer drug 'offers vital lifeline'

Prostate cancer patients' charity Tackle has welcomed health watchdog Nice's draft approval of making a life-extending drug available on the NHS.

A spokesman for the charity said:

This offers a vital lifeline to thousands of men facing death sentences due to the very limited options for treatment if chemotherapy has failed.

Enzalutamide has shown great success treating men with advanced prostate cancer beyond the stage at which conventional hormone treatment or docetaxel chemotherapy is effective.

Health watchdog approves prostate cancer drug

Health officials have given a life-extending drug the green light for widespread NHS, giving hope to thousands of men facing a "death sentence" from prostate cancer.

Nice said in its draft guidance that it was pleased to recommend the life-extending drug. Credit: ITV News

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said the drug enzalutamide, also known as xtandi, should be considered for use in the treatment of men with hormone relapsed prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

Nice said in its draft guidance that it was pleased to recommend the drug, which is manufactured by Astellas Pharma, for patients who have few other treatment options left.

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