MEN with terminal prostate cancer could benefit from a new drug.
Lutetium, which boosted survival by four months in those whose disease had spread, is safe and effective to use.
It was approved by The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency.
The drugs watchdog is set to decide whether to recommend an NHS rollout in the autumn.
More than 52,000 men a year are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 12,000 die.
Around 3,500 develop advanced disease that does not respond to routine treatment.
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Lutetium, given intravenously, binds to cancer cells to deliver a radioactive payload that destroys the tumour.
Prof Johann de Bono, of West London’s Royal Marsden Hospital, said: “This is a major clinical advancement.”
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