‘The biggest leap forward in diagnosis for decades’ – The results of a ground-breaking research trial, called PROMIS, have finally been made official and show that giving a man a multi-parametric MRI (mpMRI) scan before a biopsy radically improves the accuracy of detecting harmful prostate cancer, while also reducing the number of unnecessary biopsies by a quarter. Read more here.
New laser-activated drug treatment for early-stage prostate cancer patients – A new type of treatment for early-stage prostate cancer, using lasers to target tumours without damaging surrounding tissue, could offer a choice for men to avoid surgery or radiotherapy. But further research is needed to determine which cancers it’s most suited to and the long-term side effects. Read more here.
David Baxter Smith – Medical Tribunal Decision – As many of you will know, David Baxter-Smith is a retired consultant urologist who is a keen supporter of PSA testing in the detection of prostate cancer. He has acted as an advisor to many organisations, including NEDPSA, at numerous prostate cancer awareness events across the country during the past few years As a result of a complaint made by a General Practitioner to the General Medical Council he was asked to attend a Tribunal, held in Manchester from 12th to 20th December 2016. It was claimed that as he had now retired from clinical practice and did not hold a licence to practice, the help he had given to prostate cancer awareness groups constituted misconduct.
BBC Radio 4 programme “Inside Health” has produced a series of very useful programmes about prostate cancer. To find out more click here
Prostate Cancer UK, new animation “What is advanced prostate cancer?” – This is an animation for men with advanced prostate cancer and their friends and family. It’s been developed as part of the online self-management guide on advanced prostate cancer. The aim is to help people understand what advanced prostate cancer is, how it can spread, and how it might cause problems, in a way that is easy-to-understand. This should give people the background knowledge to understand the problems they might have and how they might be able to use self-management technique and hopefully increase confidence when men are discussing these problems with health professionals and accessing further support. To view the animation click here
New prostate cancer awareness initiaves from Tackle There are some exciting prostate cancer awareness initiatives Tackle would like to share with you, one directly involving Tackle and one in support of Movember, the fundraising campaign for men’s charities: