Welcome to Prospect - a support group for prostate cancer patients, their wives, partners and carers.
Prospect is run by prostate cancer survivors for the benefit of the communities in Bristol and surrounding districts

  • Next 2 speakers and a Wellbeing Day

    Our next informal BAWA meeting is on Friday, March 9 (7pm), with a short talk on our website and one by Caterina Gentili, a PhD candidate at the UWE, who wishes to meet members on hormone treatment. She wishes to discuss our treatment, body image, appearance changes, and exercise. A Wellbeing Day for over-55s in North Bristol is being held on March 21 at BAWA from 10am to 1.30pm. Booking essential at 0117 353 3042.  Try a variety of fun, creative and physical activities. Our April 26 speaker will be Terrie Stocker, an osteoporosis CNS at BRI, who will talk about bone thinning and management, the mysteries of the DXAscan and the treatments available. Also how we can self help. The next walk will be on May 4 (details later). Coffee mornings are held at the Macmillan Centre, Southmead Hospital, on the first Thursday of each month (10am-12.30), to help new patients. Members needed to help out Рcontact our chairman on malcolmgamlin@gmail.com

  • More financial advice sessions

    St Bernard Support, a charity, is holding more sessions on financial wellbeing for people with life-affecting illnesses, their families and carers in Bristol. The sessions will cover a range of financial subjects. The seminars are on February 27, May 29, August 28 and November 27 at 1pm at the Wellington, Gloucester Road, Horfield BS7 9UR.

  • Bristol March for Men

    You can raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK at Blaise Castle Estate, Bristol, on June 17. The site opens at 10am, the walk starts at 11am. Take on the 2k, 5k or 10k route to help raise £120 million needed to create better testing and treatments that will halve prostate cancer deaths by 2026. The short route is fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. See

  • Drug lengthens patients’ lives

    Good results are reported for the drug Apalutamide, which is under development for prostate cancer treatment. A US study found it lengthened life of men with castration-resistant cancer that had not spread (Feb ’18). See

  • Living Well courses on offer

    Penny Brohn announced new daytime Living Well and Wellbeing courses. Bookings are open so get in quickly to reserve a place. Four-week course: Fridays 9:30-1pm, March 2, 9, 16, 23. Two-day course: Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 March, 9:30-5pm. More information: call 0303 3000 118 or email info@pennybrohn.org.uk

  • Cancer ‘killer’ claimed

    A vaccine that could eliminate all traces of cancer has been revealed by US scientists. But it has been tried only on mice so far. See

  • Prostate cancer deaths rise

    The number of UK deaths from prostate cancer has overtaken women’s breast cancer ones for the first time. Prostate Cancer UK says advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer are paying off, and increased funding could benefit prostate patients. The latest 2015 figures show there were 11,819 deaths from prostate cancer and 11,442 from breast cancer (Feb ’18). See

  • Big gift from golfers

    Kendleshire Golf Club seniors nominated Prospect as their good cause of the year and raised £3,366.75 for us. They presented the cheque to our chairman, Malcolm Gamlin, David Casley and Ken Head at their AGM in November. Grateful thanks to them.

  • Modified surgical technique

    A technique has been developed in which the surgeon approaches the prostate removal from under the bladder rather than above, possibly reducing the risk of incontinence. The Daily Mail report says this technique best suits those with a small prostate. It’s available privately and at certain hospitals on the NHS Рincluding Southmead Рif a man requests it. Some payment is involved. See

  • ‘Cure’ for terminal cancer?

    Newspaper claims that advanced¬†radiotherapy could cure nearly three in four cases of terminal prostate cancer are a little premature and have missed important points, say Prostate Cancer UK. Here they respond to the reports (Sept ’17).

  • Southmead’s new robot; invitation

    A pioneering ¬£750,000 surgical robot has been bought by Southmead Hospital Charity to treat prostate cancer patients. Having helped save the lives of thousands, its 2009 robot needed replacing. See. And a Rotary Club has invited Prospect members to an auction for the hospital’s Prostate Cancer Care Appeal in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall on May 4 (7pm).¬†For about ¬£10 a head, to include a supper, attendees can bid for items that ‚Äėmoney can‚Äôt buy‚Äô. Nearer the time, for details contact hodgson.piglet@blueyonder.co.uk. More news on the newsletter page

Running

A friendly and supportive network that aims to:

We have found that knowledge is of great benefit to the patient. It enables him to play an active part in the decision-making process, for example in selecting the best treatment.

We offer a friendly welcome – join us

Are you just diagnosed, or do you suspect that you may have prostate cancer? Then for friendly peer support and an introduction to Prospect email prospect.bristol@gmail.com or call the Tackle helpline, which will put you in touch with us:

0800 035 5302

This site has been compiled by prostate cancer survivors. We do not claim to have specialist knowledge other than that gained by prostate cancer patients during their treatment.

We give illustrated talks

Our Mike Broxton gives prostate cancer awareness talks to interested groups, including those with learning disabilities. To arrange a talk, contact prospect.bristol@gmail.com or 0800 035 5302.

Phone volunteers needed

Prostate Cancer UK needs more telephone support volunteers. This  service is provided by trained volunteers who support men affected by prostate cancer and their loved ones, by sharing their experiences of treatments. Apply at.

Having the conversation…

‚ÄúManversation‚ÄĚ is a campaign to encourage men to speak about prostate cancer, particularly the advanced prostate form.¬†Tackle have collaborated with Orchid, the male cancer charity, and put their name to a video and supporting material on the Manversation website.

Myths debunked

Ten prostate cancer myths debunked. See

New information for at-risk black men

One in four black men will get prostate cancer Рdouble the overall risk faced by all UK men. Are you are risk? See

Energise wins award

The exercise-based cancer rehab programme Energise won the Together We Achieve award for 2016. The award, announced at the inaugural Health & Care Awards in March, recognises teams working together to deliver improved patient care and public health. See a video about their work here. The classes are designed for people who have been affected by cancer and whose quality of life can be maintained or improved by taking part in regular, supervised exercise with cancer specialist instructors. Energise is a partnership between Macmillan, North Bristol NHS Trust, Sports Leisure Management Ltd and Bristol City Council. In a Bristol Post article on the Easton scheme participants tell how it helped them improve mood, vitality and well-being, and to overcome cancer-related fatigue. For more information on Energise see our Helpful links page.

Regional co-ordinator needed

Tackle need a Regional Co-ordinator for Western Counties to replace Sandy Tyndale-Biscoe of Cornwall. The holder acts as a focal point for communications on region-specific topics between the chairman, Roger Wotton, and member groups in the area. See. In addition, he or she will participate in occasional meetings or teleconferences. If any Prospect member would like to volunteer for this rewarding role, they can email roger.wotton@tackleprostate.org All expenses are reimbursed.

New research strategy launched

Prostate Cancer UK has launched an ambitious 10-year strategy setting out how it will invest in the most innovative research to create a step change in our knowledge of prostate cancer. See. And we have more research news here.

Swedish test shows promise

Swedish researchers found a test which¬†is a potentially a game-changing step forward for prostate cancer risk assessment. It involved genetic and protein biomarkers (the S3M) and was much better than PSA alone at detecting potentially dangerous prostate cancers. The Swedish results give compelling evidence the S3M risk assessment model can dramatically cut the number of unnecessary biopsies, without compromising patients’ safety. But Prostate Cancer UK says it‚Äôs going to be important to validate this study in a more diverse population before it¬†can accept that it will work elsewhere. It¬†is funding more research to develop a new UK risk assessment tool. These plans are still going full steam ahead, and PCa UK¬†expects to have more to say about this¬†in 2017.¬†See.

Tiger or pussycat? That’s the problem

It’s a big problem to tell the difference between slow-growing cancers and aggressive ones. See. But new research from one of Prostate Cancer UK’s Centres of Excellence could help identify which is which (Oct ’17). See

  • Know your risk

    Prostate Cancer UK has a new infographic and booklets.

    Exchange information

    www.myprostate.eu is now also available in English and prostate cancer patients can exchange information and help each other with treatment decisions.

  • Help with treatment choices

    Get enhanced guidance on treatment options, thanks to a checklist developed by researchers (Jun ‚Äô17). See. More help here. And why it’s¬†difficult to choose among treatment options (Jul ’17). See.¬†Men with early stage prostate cancer wishing to preserve sexual function while on treatment do not always make the right choices. See

  • Buddies offer home support

    This Macmillan service offers support for adult cancer patients in their homes in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire for up to 12 weeks.

    Ring 07543 248714 or email bristolbuddies@macmillan.org.uk