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Radium-223 yields OS of approximately 18 months in mCRPC


“Our observations in this study show that radium-223 can be integrated into the treatment sequence for patients with (metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer),” said Daniel Y. Song, MD.

In patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), treatment with radium-223 (Xofigo) yielded an overall survival of approximately 18 months, with no new safety signals observed.1

Findings from the REASSURE study (NCT02141438) study, which were presented at the 2023 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, demonstrated that most patients completed 5 to 6 injections of radium-223. In addition, receipt of radium-223 did not prevent patients from receiving subsequent treatments such as chemotherapy.

Daniel Y. Song, MD

Daniel Y. Song, MD

“Our observations in this study show that radium-223 can be integrated into the treatment sequence for patients with (metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer),” Daniel Y. Song, MD, co-director of the prostate cancer multidisciplinary clinic and professor of radiation oncology and molecular radiation sciences at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland, said during the poster presentation.

In this analysis, investigators focused on patients with confirmed metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer from the US who were scheduled to receive treatment with radium-223.

Investigators primarily focused on short- and long-term safety including second primary malignancies and the incidence of bone marrow suppression. In addition, they also monitored for patient-reported pain.

A total of 498 patients (median age, 74 years) were enrolled in the REASSURE study from 2014 to 2017.

In the analysis, 81% of patients had bone metastases only. Between 5 and 6 injections of radium-223 were received by 69% of patients.

Most patients—77%—received at least 1 prior life-prolonging therapy such as enzalutamide (Xtandi; 48%), abiraterone (Zytiga; 45%), cabazitaxel (Jevtana; 6%), docetaxel (25%) or sipuleucel-T (Provenge; 24%).

The investigators noted that some patients in this analysis received concomitant enzalutamide (31%) and concomitant bone health agents (47%). Thirty-one percent of patient received at least 1 life-prolonging therapy after treatment with radium-223.

Song noted that 37% of patients had received prior chemotherapy and 16% of patients who did not receive prior chemotherapy required either therapeutic or preventive treatments for bone marrow suppression.

More than half of the patients (58%) in this analysis who reported pain at the start of the study experienced a clinically meaningful pain response during treatment.

Any-grade drug-related treatment-emergent adverse events (AEs) occurred in 32% of patients, whereas AEs considered severe or worse were observed in 10% of patients. Four percent of patients discontinued treatment with radium-223 as a result of drug-related treatment-emergent AEs.

Treatment-emergent serious AEs occurred in 21% of patients, and drug-related serious AEs were observed in 6% of patients. The most common any-grade drug-related treatment-emergent AEs, which occurred in 5% or more patients, were fatigue (9%), diarrhea (10%), nausea (7%) and anemia (8%). Song noted in the presentation that these “were side effects which were known and previously established to be an inherent risk for radium-223.”

Four percent of patients had fractures and 2% developed bone disorders. Eleven second primary malignancies were observed in 10 patients (2%).

During follow-up, 60% of patients died, and the median overall survival was 17.8 months. Song said that the overall survival in the REASSURE study compares favorably with the ALSYMPCA trial results, which were 14.9 months.


1. Song DY, George S, Zimberg S, et al. Real-world safety and effectiveness of radium-223 (223Ra) in patients (pts) with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) treated in the US: The non-interventional REASSURE study. J Clin Oncol. 2023;41(suppl 16):5050. doi:10.1200/JCO.2023.41.16_suppl.5050

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