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New chairman, and docks walk planned

Tim Bond was elected chairman of Prospect at the 2021 AGM. He replaces Malcolm Gamlin, who retired after 13 years in the role. Malcolm was thanked for his hard work. Mick Broggio resigned as secretary so we are looking for a new one. Other committee members were re-elected.
The next
get-together is the Ashton Court walk on May 24. Meet 11am in courtyard cafe. Register with Chris Millett on 07721 436318. The annual docks walk is on July 2. Meet at Cottage pub 10am. Ring Ken Head on 0117 929 3156 to confirm. And Penny Brohn has invited us on Tuesday July 27 – 12.30 lunch to 4pm. Register by text (preferred) or ring Tim Bond on 07824 556 786. The October 8 walk at Lansdown might be ‘on’ too. Zoom ‘coffee mornings’ are 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).

New vaccine ‘could prevent PCa’

See here

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 ask for your participation (from home) in surveys. People affected by PCa are instrumental in shaping what they do, so they’ve launched two patient-centred projects. They’re also running a special  survey with Ipsen UK&I to understand topics that patients find most tricky to talk about. 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

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

Prostate Cancer UK 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 PCa. 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