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

  • Lead nurse to give talk

    Our next BAWA members’ meeting is on September 24, when Carol Chapman (Lead Cancer Nurse at N Bristol Trust) and possibly a colleague will talk about their services (directions here). Our autumn walk and pub lunch will be on Friday October 4. More later. The November BAWA meeting will be an informal one (a switch from the programme card).

    Coffee mornings held at the Macmillan Centre, Southmead Hospital, on the first Thursday of each month (10am-12.30), to help new patients. A few more members are needed to help out. Please contact our chairman.

  • New hope over advanced cancer

    An Australian cancer trial that used precision radiation treatment to help men with advanced prostate cancer has shown promising results. The trial, the world’s largest, treated almost 200 men with advanced prostate cancer that had spread using stereotactic body radiation therapy. The treatment uses radiation in high doses to target small areas of cancer while sparing healthy tissue (July ’19). See more here

  • Urine test decides early treatment

    UK researchers have developed a urine test to diagnose aggressive prostate cancer and predict whether patients will need treatment up to five years earlier than standard clinical methods (Jun ’19). See more here

  • Tracking down tumours

    A radical ‘seek and destroy’ treatment could extend the lives of thousands of men with advanced prostate cancer. The approach – described by experts as ‘game changing’ – uses high-tech molecules to track down tumours and blast them with a radioactive payload (Jun ’19). See more at

  • MRI scans to replace PSA?

    Hundreds of UK men are trying out a non-invasive MRI scan for prostate cancer to see if it should eventually be offered routinely on the NHS. The scan takes images of the inside of the body to check for any abnormal growths. Scientists running the trial say it will take a few years to know if MRI will be better than PSA tests and biopsies at spotting cancers (Jun ’19). Prostate Cancer UK said the news made headlines but journalists “can be overly enthusiastic about new research” and put the record straight here:

  • A first for advanced patients

    GenesisCare announced that the first UK patients have been treated with Theranostics personalised treatment for advanced prostate cancer outside a clinical trial. This is the first time this treatment has been clinically available in the UK, bringing new hope for patients with late stage prostate cancer (Jun ’19). More info

  • Drugs to attack resistant cancer

    The world’s first drugs designed to stop cancer cells becoming resistant to treatment could be available within the next decade, scientists have said. A £75m investment to develop the drugs has been announced by the Institute of Cancer Research (May ’19). See more here

  • Help with treatment – but beware

    AN NHS tool is now available – intended for men with non-metastatic prostate cancer who are deciding between conservative and radical management regimes. It is intended only for men with non-metastatic prostate cancer who are deciding between conservative and radical management regimes. It’s recommend that patients use this tool in consultation with their doctor (Apr ’19). See here. You may have read about this tool in newspapers, but not all the news was 100% accurate – check this NHS Behind The Headlines Page for the facts.. And four new technologies that will tame the immune system are getting us closer to a future where cancer becomes curable. See more here

  • Cancer survival rates published

     

    Public Health England has published a statistical bulletin on survival rates (1-year and 5-year) for many types of cancer based on more recent data than previously available. If PCa is diagnosed at stages 1, 2 or 3, the 1-year survival rate is as good as for everyone else and the 5-year rate is the same for stages 1 and 2 (>96% for stage 3). Hence the importance of early diagnosis. A summary of the stats is to be found here with a link to the full report

  • A Bristol first – and sparing nerves

    A Bristol man is the first NHS patient to have a device implanted which can reduce the side effects of radiotherapy by 70%. Alan Clarke first had radiotherapy in 2011 but the cancer returned. He was selected to be first to receive the spacer because he was considered to be more at risk of suffering side effects from a second course of radiotherapy (see more here). And a trial to spare the nerves around the prostate during surgery is being held at Southmead Hospital. if successful, it will reduce the risk of erectile disfunction and will be available throughout England. The trial featured on BBC Points West on January 23 ’19.

  • New guidance on active surveillance

    New best-practice guidelines for doctors offering active surveillance have been published, as NICE recognise the procedure as being on a par with surgery and radiotherapy for men with low-risk localised prostate cancer (May ’19). More here. And Prostate Cancer UK run a monthly group chat from men on active surveillance who want to share experiences and ask questions about the treatment. The group chat is on the second Tuesday of the month (7-8pm). Join the chat here. 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. You can join us for a small subscription by filling in the PDF membership form on the Contact/Join us page.

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.

Protected from despair…

George Monbiot writes in the Guardian that the principles that define a good life protect him from despair, despite a diagnosis of prostate cancer and the ‘grisly’ operation he faces (Mar ’18). See here

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.

Volunteers needed

Prostate Cancer UK needs phone support volunteers. This  service is provided by trained volunteers who support prostate cancer patients and their loved ones, by sharing their experiences of treatments. Apply here.

Having the conversation…

“Manversation” 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 and spotting fake cancer news

Ten cancer myths debunked. See here. And also here are six tips to spot cancer fake news

New information for at-risk black men

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

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 ’17, recognises teams working together to deliver improved patient care and public health. See a video about their work here. For more information on Energise see our Helpful links page.

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. In addition, he or she will participate in occasional meetings or teleconferences. All expenses are reimbursed. If any Prospect member wishes to volunteer, they can email roger.wotton@tackleprostate.org

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 here. 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’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 later. See more here.

Tiger or pussycat? That’s the problem

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

Cancer ‘as unique as fingerprints’

Each person’s cancer is as unique as their fingerprints, said Professor Gillies McKenna, Director of the CRUK/MCR Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology. This created an opportunity for more precise treatment.

  • 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 ’17). 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