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: the annual docks walk

    The next event, apart from the Southmead coffee morning (see below), will be the annual docks walk on June 16. Meet outside Bordeaux Quay, near Pero’s Bridge, at 10am. Coffee and lunch on the way. The following event will be the annual lunch at Penny Brohn on July 14. More details later. Coffee mornings are to be held at the Macmillan Centre, Southmead Hospital, on the first Thursday of each month, from 10am-12.30, to help new patients. The first two will be on May 4 and June 1. Members are asked to volunteer to help man the event. Please contact chairman Malcolm Gamlin. There is also a push to get more men in the South West involved in prostate cancer clinical trials. A¬†list of open trials in the Bristol area can be found here

  • News column: PSA test guidance

    The government has reissued guidance on the benefits and risks of PSA testing. The purpose is to help primary care teams give men who show no symptoms information about the potential benefits, limitations and implications of having a PSA test. It provides background information about the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer and outlines the issues surrounding the use of the PSA test (April 2017). See

  • Monitoring ‘wins’

    Active monitoring is as effective as surgery and radiotherapy, in terms of survival at 10 years, reports the largest study of its kind. The ProtecT trial was led by researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Bristol in nine UK centres. See

  • Alternative to biopsies?

    US researchers have developed a new way to capture cancer-derived particles called exosomes from prostate cancer, a finding that could offer an alternative to biopsies.  See

  • Drugs petition launched

    ‘Unacceptable’ NHS cost cap threatens the next generation of treatments, says Prostate Cancer UK. Sign petition¬†here

  • Two new breakthroughs

    A new approach by the University of East Anglia to mathematical modelling of prostate cancer has made it possible to spot potentially life-threatening tumours, allowing doctors to selectively offer aggressive treatment to those in need. See. And a new technique using tiny plastic beads to block the blood supply and shrink the enlarged prostate has had a successful trial in Portugal and is being followed up in Britain. See

  • Advanced MRI scans – a big leap

    The biggest leap in diagnosing prostate cancer “in decades” has been made using new advanced MRI scanners. See. Also this. But only a third of men can benefit, says Prostate Cancer UK. See. And a US study found a link between brisk walking and lowered risk of prostate cancer progression. See¬†

  • Defeating therapy resistance

    A new US study sheds light on a signalling circuit in cells that drives therapy resistance in prostate cancer. Targeting the components of this circuit suppresses advanced cancer development. See

  • Laser treatment a success

    Surgeons described a new treatment for early stage prostate cancer as “truly transformative”. The approach, tested in¬†Europe, uses lasers and a drug made from deep-sea bacteria to eliminate tumours, but without causing severe side effects. See

  • Surprise testosterone finding

    Drastically altering the levels of testosterone could cause cancer cells to die even after they become hormone-resistant, according to new research unveiled in December. See

  • Treatment breakthrough

    After a bombardment of evidence from Prostate Cancer UK, NICE announced in November they will undertake an exceptional review of prostate cancer clinical guidelines. It will mean lifesaving new diagnosis and treatment sooner than expected. See. 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

10 prostate cancer myths debunked. 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 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 says it’s 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

  • 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