Who can have abiraterone?
Abiraterone is suitable for men with advanced prostate cancer that has stopped responding to other hormone therapy and chemotherapy, such as docetaxel. Abiraterone is available for these men on the NHS.
But if you’ve already had enzalutamide as well as chemotherapy, abiraterone is not widely available.
- In England, you won’t be able to have abiraterone if you’ve already had enzalutamide – unless you had to stop taking enzalutamide within three months because of severe side effects or because your cancer continued to grow.
- In Wales, you won’t be able to have abiraterone if you've already had enzalutamide.
- In Scotland and Northern Ireland, if you've already had enzalutamide, you should speak to your doctor about whether abiraterone is available for you.
Abiraterone is also suitable for men who have stopped responding to hormone therapy but haven't yet had chemotherapy.
If you live in England, Wales or Scotland, you should be able to have abiraterone before chemotherapy.
If you live in Northern Ireland, you may not be able to get abiraterone before chemotherapy. But the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is currently deciding whether to make it available on Northern Ireland's Health and Social Care (HSC) service.
Ask your doctor or nurse whether abiraterone is suitable for you. You can also speak to our Specialist Nurses.