A friendly and supportive network that aims to:
- Support men who suspect they may have prostate cancer or who have been diagnosed and feel they need more information or support to decide on the best way forward.
- Provide a local informal meeting place for prostate cancer patients, where personal experiences of treatments can be exchanged. Our usual meetings are at the BAWA, Filton – directions/map here
- Keep patients in touch with medical professionals and up-to-date knowledge of medical developments and local arrangements for treatment.
- Champion the cause of prostate cancer patients and encourage all men over 50 to receive an annual PSA check.
- Raise awareness of prostate cancer.
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 call or text our helpline on
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.
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 Prospectâ€™s members would like to volunteer for this rewarding role, they can email firstname.lastname@example.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
Tumours zapped with ‘lightning’
An emerging treatment for prostate cancer that involves zapping a tumour with more electricity than a bolt of lightning had been reported in Australia. Pulses of electricity pass between needles inserted in a lesion, which disappears.Â The technology is known as the “nanoknifeâ€ť. It targets only the site of the cancer, destroying that without the structures surrounding it. Urologists in three countries are trialling the technology on patients who have a single site of localised prostate cancer that needs more treatment than active surveillance. About 15 to 20 per cent of prostate cancer patients are suitable for the treatment, itâ€™s claimed. See
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 evidenceÂ the S3M risk assessment model can dramatically cut the number of men undergoing unnecessary biopsies, without compromising their safety. But Prostate Cancer UK say itâ€™s going to be important to validate this study in a more diverse population before they can accept that it will work elsewhere. See
We give illustrated talks
Mike Broxton gives prostate cancer awareness talks to interested groups, including those with learning disabilities. To arrange a talk, contact email@example.com or 07585 963535.
New secretary volunteers
Chris MillettÂ volunteered to be our secretary after an appeal at the AGM. A successful year was reported and the committee was re-elected. Since then, Fiona Perry has joined the committee.
The government are reviewing how to speed up access to treatments on the NHS and they wanted patientsâ€™ input. Prostate Cancer UK thought this was a good opportunity to tell them some of the difficulties men have had in accessing treatments. If your clinician judged your circumstances to be exceptional, they might have lodged an Individual Funding Request to see if you could receive a treatment not available on the NHS.Â If you knew that this was the case for you and the application was unsuccessful, Prostate Cancer UK wanted to share your experience with government. That exercise has ended, but Prostate Cancer UK still want to hear from any unsuccessful applicants.