Bicalutamide 50mg

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My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancel with secondary in the spine.  He was prescribed a course of Bicalutamide 50mg and is waiting for radiotherapy.  Should he be taking this medication right up until the radiotherapy starts? He was only prescribed the one course which I think was for about 2 weeks, he has also had an injection.

  • Hi Liliyfair,



    Thanks for getting in touch and welcome to our online community. My name is Suzanne and I am one of the cancer information nurse specialists here at Macmillan

    I am sorry to hear that your husband has been diagnosed with prostate cancer with a secondary in his spine. This must be a very difficult time for you both.

    I can see that you are a member of our family and friend’s forum and hope that you are finding this supportive.

    As this is all new to you, it is understandable that you have questions and concerns about his treatment plan. It may reassure you to know that Bicalutamide can be given on it’s own, before or alongside other treatments such as radiotherapy or hormone injections.

    That said, the length of the prescribed course of Bicalutamide is very individual so it is important that you or your husband reach out to his consultant, or clinical nurse specialist (CNS) to check how long he should be taking this. If you are unsure who his CNS is, you can call the consultant’s secretary to ask.

    I hope this information is helpful Liliyfair. Supporting someone with cancer can be challenging and emotional so please feel free to reach out again. You may want to give us a call on the support line or chat online if you feel it would help at any time.


    Best wishes and take care,


    Suzanne, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist


    You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or send us an email.