Author Archives: Bernard Smyth

Retired journalist, ex Fleet Street and managing editor at Home Office, London

Tackle’s new support manager

Sarah Gray is Tackle’s new National Support and Development Manager on a 3-year project funded by the National Lottery. The project is to support groups across England and work with healthcare professionals to set up new groups.

Hormone treatment and Covid-19

Hormone treatment might offer some protection from Covid-19, it’s reported. See more here And it can make PCa worse, this study finds.  An online survey aiming to shed more light on the experience of PCa patients on this therapy is being conducted via this link And a London college has developed an online intervention to […]

Chemo swapped for precision drugs

Advanced PCa patients can take enzalutamide or abirerone at home instead of going into hospital for chemotherapy, NHS England says. It will relieve pressure on the NHS. The drugs are smarter, kinder treatments and could extend the lives of many more men, it’s said (May ’20). See more here: And a new treatment is being […]

Killer virus attacks cancer

A genetically modified virus that kills cancer cells and destroys their hiding places has been developed by British scientists. The dual-action virus targets both cancer cells and healthy cells which have been tricked into protecting the cancer from the immune system. The Oxford University study is the first time cancer-associated fibroblasts or CAFs within solid […]

Tracking down tumours

A radical ‘seek and destroy’ treatment could extend the lives of thousands of men with advanced PCa. The approach is described by experts as ‘game changing’ (Jun ’19). See more at

Cancer can be detected much earlier

  The first signs of cancer can appear decades before diagnosis, scientists have found – a discovery that could revolutionise treatment (Feb ’20). See more here. And Public Health England has published a statistical bulletin on survival rates for many types of cancer based on recent data. It stressses the importance of early diagnosis. A […]

Next meeting

Next meeting and ‘coffee morning’ The next members’ meeting will be on January 11 when Amar Challapalli from the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre will present on Radiotherapy in Prostate Cancer. The Zoom talk will cover the history of and new developments in PCa Radiotherapy. Joining details later. The next Zoom ‘coffee morning’ is on […]

Patient guide ‘good source of info’

Prostate Cancer Foundation’s 2019 Patient Guide is said to be one of the best sources of information from diagnosis to survival of PCa. Download it for free here.  Our New Research page is updated regularly.

Drugs approved and a PCa ‘killer’

The NHS confirmed that the chemotherapy drug docetaxel will be made available to prostate cancer patients as soon as they are diagnosed instead of having to wait until other treatments stop working. See. And NICE has approved a new drug, Darolutamide, as an option for treating hormone-relapsed PCa in men at high risk of developing […]