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Meetings changed and ‘coffee mornings’

These meetings have had to be changed so we can have a guest speaker: The March 8 one is moved to March 22. It will be a Zoom members’ meeting and a talk by Prof Mark Emberton (UCLH), a leading light on the PROMIS trial. Wed April 21 – AGM on Zoom followed  Informal members’ meeting. Joining details later.  Zoom ‘coffee mornings’ are held on the first Thursday of the month (10-noon). Information by email beforehand. New patients and current members are all welcome. Newbies can contact us via Contact us (above) or our Tackle helpline (0800 035 5302). This year’s walks are on April 8 (Ashton Court) and Oct 8 (Lansdown).

Dogs sniff out worst cancers

Dogs can detect the most aggressive forms of PCa and could help develop a “robotic nose” to find the disease in the future, a study says. The dogs are said to have “enormous potential” (Feb ’21). More here. And it’s claimed daily coffee drinking lowers PCa risk, another study suggests (Feb ’21). More here

Take part in surveys

Prostate Cancer Research (PCR) are asking for your participation (from home) in  patients’ surveys. People affected by PCa are instrumental in shaping what Prostate Cancer Research does, so they’re launching two new patient-centred projects, starting this month (February). They’re also running a special patient survey with Ipsen UK&I to understand topics that patients find most tricky to talk about. See more here

Drugs to fight cancer resistance

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 (Jan ’21). More here

Urine test detects PCa

A new technique detects PCa with almost 100% accuracy within 20 minutes using only a urine sample (Jan ’21). More here

Bone scan breakthrough

A new bone scan technique can identify men with advanced prostate cancer who’ll benefit from radiotherapy. This ground-breaking achievement could help extend the lives of 25-30% of such patients (Jan ’21). See more here

First oral hormone therapy approved

A new oral therapy for hormone treatment has been approved in the US. The tablet, relugolix,  is taken daily to stop testosterone being produced. It stops the need for injections or implants. In a trial it reduced the time taken for testosterone to fall and saw a decrease in major cardiac events (such as heart attack and stroke). See more here

New scan finds PCa ‘hiding’ cells

A test that can locate PCa cells wherever they are has been approved in the US. But approval applies only to testing at two universities so far. See more here (Dec ’20).

Good news re Olaparib

Olaparib has given new hope to men with incurable PCa, says the Daily Mail in this article.

Big change in PCa diagnosis

The biggest diagnostic development in PCa diagnosis for 50 years – that came about when NICE advised that all men at risk of PCa should have an MRI before a biopsy. The change has had a worldwide effect. See more here

Cancer blood test trialled

A new blood test which might be able to detect 50 cancers is being trialled by the NHS. More here. And two professors have made a discovery that could turn cancer into a treatable disease (Sept ’20). See more here. And minscule robots can seek out cancer.cells and destroy them More here

Check your risk in 30 seconds!

An online 30-second risk checker has been launched which men are encouraged to take –  see here And a Prostate Cancer Research team are using machine learning to develop a new way to classify PCa and separate the “tigers” from the “pussycats” (Sept ’20). More here And a US study demonstrated the highest accuracy to date in recognising and characterising PCa using artificial intelligence (July ’20). More here Also a new blood test for PCa is producing 99% accuracy – the best yet. More here And a new 15-minute ‘game-changing’ test is announced here

Men set to lose out over abiraterone

Your help is needed by Prostate Cancer UK as they are extremely concerned that NICE is once again on the brink of rejecting abiraterone as a first-line treatment for men with high-risk advanced prostate cancer. See more here  Earlier NICE had agreed to an appeal by Prostate Cancer UK to reverse its decision to restrict abiraterone for advanced PCa (Jul ’20). See more here. UK deaths from PCa exceeded 12,000 in 2019 for the first time and it overtook breast cancer as the most common cancer (June ’20). See more hereAnd a new type of immune cell which kills most cancers has been discovered. More info here  Screening: An expert explained why finding a suitable method is vital but is difficult. More here