The Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven is the first hospital in the Netherlands to treat people with an incurable form of prostate cancer with radium.
Research shows that the radioactive agent prolongs the lives of patients with 4 to 6 months and improves the quality of life significantly. The treatment consists of a monthly injection for a period of six months.
20 to 40 percent of the patients with prostate cancer that has also spread to their bones are unable to have chemotherapy, because they are too weak or the chemotherapy affects their quality of life too much.
The radium comes from a nuclear plant in Norway and is transported to the hospital with all the necessary safeguards.