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First prostate cancer patient treated with Lutetium-177 PSMA

07 Jun 2019

The London Clinic has treated its first patient with Lutetium-177 PSMA, which targets and kills cancer cells.

The London Clinic has treated its first patient with Lutetium-177 PSMA therapy, a molecular radiotherapy treatment that targets and kills cancer cells precisely, minimising damage to healthy cells and tissue.

Graphic showing prostate cancer cells

Lutetium-177 PSMA is used to treat advanced prostate cancer that has spread from the prostate to other parts of the body (also known as metastatic prostate cancer).

The London Clinic’s specialists inject the medication into the patient’s bloodstream. It seeks out tumour cells and binds to them, delivering a high dose of radiation precisely to destroy cancer cells.

Results from a small number of clinical studies for Lutetium-177 PSMA therapy show that it reduces prostate specific antigen (PSA) in up to 70% of patients.

The treatment has recently become available privately in the UK and The London Clinic is one of the leaders in offering it to patients whose disease has progressed after chemotherapy and who have received one of the new hormonal therapies (enzalutamide abiraterone).

Professor Val Lewington, Nuclear Medicine Specialist at The London Clinic, says: “Lutetium-177 PSMA is an exciting development for men with prostate cancer that our team is proud to be able to deliver at The London Clinic.

"Promising early clinical data for Lutetium-177 PSMA show that it is both effective and well tolerated, so we are optimistic that this new treatment will make a real difference to our patients and their families.”

Professor Adil Al-Nahhas, Nuclear Medicine Specialist at The London Clinic, says: "Lutetium-177 PSMA is an exciting innovative treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer when other treatments have failed.

"In the clinical studies so far, it reduces PSA in many patients, improving their quality of life and giving them more time with their loved ones.

"We ask clinical oncologists to contact us if they have suitable patients that may benefit from this innovative treatment.”

Mr Satya Bhattacharya, Medical Director of The London Clinic, says: “The London Clinic is a pioneering hospital and we are proud to be in a position to offer this innovate prostate cancer treatment to our patients in the UK and from overseas.

"Our nuclear medicine, radiotherapy and medical physics teams are committed to excellent clinical outcomes for our patients and we are excited to see the progress of the patients we are treating.”

Further information

Clinical oncologists can refer a patient by contacting The London Clinic by telephone at +44 (0) 20 7616 7653 or by email at nuclearmedicine@thelondonclinic.co.uk.

People who think they may be suitable can refer themselves by contacting The London Clinic by telephone at +44 (0) 020 3219 3315 or by email at enquiries@thelondonclinic.co.uk.

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