Author Archives: Bernard Smyth

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

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

More men needed for online survey

A few more men are needed for an online survey investigating the psychological and physical challenges that prostate cancer patients experience. It takes only  20-30 minutes. If you would like to participate, please follow this link: As a thank you, you will be entered for a raffle to win a £70 online shopping voucher. […]

Sharks ‘might help beat cancer’

Great white sharks might hold the secrets to curing cancer and other diseases, experts believe – BBC News (Feb ’19). 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 […]

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 […]

Sparing nerves to avoid ED

A trial to spare the nerves around the prostate during surgery is being held at Southmead Hospital. if successful will reduce the risk of erectile disfunction and will be available throughout England. The trial featured on BBC Points West on January 23 ’19.

Jab ‘game changer’

A radical new treatment for prostate cancer in which tumour injections boost the immune system to kill malignant cells has been hailed as a potential ‘game-changer’ (Dec ’18).  See here

Boost in prostate cases

Hospitals are treating more prostate cancer cases, partly thanks to celebrities raising awareness of the disease by speaking out about their own experiences, says the NHS head. Simon Stevens thanked broadcasters Bill Turnbull and Stephen Fry for urging men to seek help (Oct ’18). See here.

New guidance on active surveillance

New best practice guidelines for doctors offering active surveillance has 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 and want to share […]

Next meeting

Docks walk next, then Penny Brohn lunch The next event will be the docks walk on June 7. Meet at the Cottage pub at 10am. Register with Ken Head on 0117 929 3156 or Our summer lunch at Penny Brohn Cancer Centre, Pill BS20 OHH, will be on Friday, July 12.  Arrive at 12.15pm-12.45pm, […]