Who can have abiraterone?
Abiraterone is suitable for men with advanced prostate cancer that has stopped responding to other types of hormone therapy, but who haven't yet had chemotherapy.
If you live in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you should be able to have abiraterone before chemotherapy.
Abiraterone is also suitable for men whose cancer has stopped responding to other types of 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.
Ask your doctor or nurse whether abiraterone is suitable for you. You can also speak to our Specialist Nurses.
If you're having trouble getting abiraterone, even though your doctor thinks it is suitable for you, please let us know.