Who can have abiraterone?
Abiraterone is suitable for men with advanced prostate cancer that has stopped responding to other hormone therapy and chemotherapy treatments. Abiraterone is available for these men on the NHS in the UK.
Abiraterone isn’t available on the NHS in England if you have already had enzalutamide. This is because NHS England - who are responsible for paying for these drugs in England - have said that they won’t pay for abiraterone for men who have already had enzalutamide. We don’t yet know whether the Cancer Drugs Fund will pay for these men to have abiraterone. If you have any trouble getting abiraterone, then please contact us.
Abiraterone is also effective in men who have stopped responding to hormone therapy but have not yet had chemotherapy. However, NICE have not recommended that it is available for these men, and it is not widely available in the UK. But if your doctor thinks it is suitable for you, they may be able to apply for you to get it. Read more about getting new treatments.