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New Radiation Treatment
August 9, 2013

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox "They told me I had three to six months to live," said prostate cancer patient Doug Clapper.

That was five years ago, and since being diagnosed with the disease, Clapper has fought his way through all types of treatments. "They keep coming up with new medicines over the years I've tried," he said.

Now, the cancer is in his bones, but this week, came a new shot of hope. He got the first dose of a brand new radiation therapy at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. "Maybe this will be the thing that prolongs my life long enough that maybe they'll come out with something better yet," Clapper said.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Xofigo in May, and Clapper will be the first patient to try it in the Tri-state through a clinical trial.

Dr. Andrew Freeman / ECC radiation oncology
"Having the ability to offer it to patients from West Virginia and all over the Tri-state area is very significant. It gives them confidence that we're offering the best available treatment anywhere," he said.

The therapy is currently being used to treat stage 4 prostate cancer that has spread to the bones. Dr. Freeman said, "This stays very localized to what we're targeting, which is the bone, so it helps with their cancer-related pain, and allows these patients to have a fuller better quality of life."

Clapper is optimistic about what this could mean not only for him, but also other cancer patients. "I'm kind of excited about it. If it doesn't help me, maybe in the process it will help someone else better down the road," he said.


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