NICE recommends abiraterone as a possible treatment for some adults with metastatic prostate cancer who have already had treatment to reduce testosterone and have had docetaxel chemotherapy (see below).

Who can have abiraterone?

You should be able to have abiraterone if you’ve had docetaxel chemotherapy but your disease has stopped responding to treatment.

Why has NICE said this?

NICE looks at how well treatments work, and also at how well they work in relation to how much they cost the NHS. NICE applies special considerations to treatments that can extend the lives of people who are nearing the end of their life. NICE recommended abiraterone because it works better than other treatments available on the NHS. Although it also costs more than other treatments, this was justified by the benefits it provided when the special considerations were applied.

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