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: Annual docks walk

    Our next members’ event will be the annual Bristol docks walk in June, ending with a pub lunch. Date to be arranged. Our usual meetings are at BAWA, Filton, and include a buffet. The first  of our new informal meetings in March led to this comment: “Just wanted to say how informative we found the session… The warmth of fellow guests towards my husband and me we found quite touching… It all went towards helping my husband make a choice as to where to go next in his cancer journey and was the reason we attended… Many thanks for giving us access to doors we feel would’ve been closed had we not attended your meeting.”

  • LATEST: Funds sought for new test

    Crowdfunding donations are being sought for a new non-invasive and affordable diagnostic test for the early detection of prostate cancer. The CAMONX test, being developed by Cambridge Oncometrix, can be performed by men at home. To find out more and contribute, see

  • Improved PSA test in view

    At Birmingham University, chemical engineers and chemists are working on a new test that will improve the PSA one. It would be much more accurate and could potentially test for other cancers, and even other diseases. See

  • Help pages updated

    The Macmillan information section on prostate cancer has been redesigned and is now live. The information has been split into early (localised), locally-advanced and advanced to provide relevant information quickly. See

  • What was your PSA experience?

    Prostate Cancer UK want to find out men’s experiences when they approached their GPs for a PSA test. Tell them here

  • New PSA guidelines

    Better use of the PSA test: The National Federation of Prostate Cancer Support Groups (Tackle) reached agreement in April on the best way to use the PSA test. The guidance, developed with and for GPs and practice nurses, is on better use of the test in men without symptoms. Collaborative working between many of the agencies involved resulted in this change. See

  • Younger men ‘need PSA tests’

    Younger men should now consider having a PSA test, clinicians said in March. See

  • New diagnosis tool; Zytiga affordable

    A new risk assessment tool for GPs is set to revolutionise prostate cancer diagnosis. See

    NICE agreed in March that abiraterone (Zytiga) is now affordable after a lower price was agreed with the makers. See

  • Cancer breakthrough

    A new treatment which trains the immune system to attack “liquid” blood cancers cancer has shown “extraordinary” results and could be a potential breakthrough in curing the disease. It is hoped to progress to patients with solid tumours, but this will be challenging and some of those treated suffered severe side effects. See

  • Urine test created

    Scientists have created a urine test for prostate cancer after trials on 155 men in Bristol. See

  • Phone support 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

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 – come and 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.

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. You can download a referral form at this site. 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.

Regional co-ordinator needed

Tackle need a Regional Co-ordinator for Western Counties. 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 of regional co-ordinators. If any of Prospect’s members would like to volunteer for this rewarding role, they can email roger.wotton@tackleprostate.org All expenses are reimbursed. Tackle’s plans for regional meetings in 2016 will explore specific issues of regional/local interest and Prospect members’ views are welcome on what the preferred theme might be for the workshops.

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 that a test which involved genetic and protein biomarkers (the S3M) 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 men undergoing unnecessary biopsies, without compromising their safety. But Prostate Cancer UK say it’s going to be important to validate this study in a more diverse population before they can accept that it will work elsewhere. See.

 

  • Know your risk

    Prostate Cancer UK has a new infographic and booklets.

    Treatment help

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

  • Buddies support ends but…

    The Macmillan Skype Buddy service has closed. But you can still get help or advice from Macmillan by calling 0808 808 0000, Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm, or via their website.

  • Buddies offer home support

    This is a Macmillan service for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and offers support for adult cancer patients in people’s homes for up to 12 weeks. Ring 07543 248714 or email bristolbuddies@macmillan.org.uk