Radium Isotope Improves Prostate Cancer Survival

July 18, 2013

A variant of radium, the element that killed Marie Curie, prolongs survival in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer that has spread to the bone, researchers said.

In a randomized phase III trial, men getting radium-223 had a 30% reduction in their risk of death compared with men getting placebo, according to Christopher Parker, MD, of the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, England, and colleagues.