Found on BBC iPlayer (catch-up TV) a series on patients with different types of cancer. First shown Wednesday 2nd May 2018 and available until approx Wednesday 6th June. This was Episode 2 of Series 1 and focussed on Prostate Cancer. Episode 1 was first shown on 25th April and is now available for a shorter time. Episode 3 (9th May) was on Lung Cancer. Episode 2 shows the different types of treatment used for Prostate Cancer including Prostatectomy, Radiotherapy, Brachytherapy and Chemotherapy and lets the patients describe their own experiences of the treatments.
Those of you who knew Charles Cahill, one of our committee members, will be sad to hear that he recently lost his own battle with Prostate Cancer. Charles had cheerfully been through multiple phases of treatment, including being in a trial of a new type of treatment. Charles was a keen motorbike rider and you may have seen him arriving to meetings on that form of transport. He was also involved in several local organizations including the Church. He was a lovely man who will be missed by a large number of people in the area.
A new treatment for non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, a very common condition in older men, has been recommended for use by the NHS. It's called prostate artery embolisation. And it blocks some of the blood supply to the prostate using tiny synthetic beads, causing the troublesome tissue to shrink and die. Officials say there is good evidence that the non-invasive treatment works. And it can spare men surgery and side-effects, such as impotence. Click here to read the full article on the BBC News website - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43877002
May's war on prostate cancer: Prime Minister reveals £75m plan to speed up diagnosis, improve treatment and find a way of screening for the disease Theresa May will unveil a five-year campaign to wage war on prostate cancer Today she will announce £75million of spending to help spot the disease earlier The extra £15million a year will take annual research spending to £40million Click here to read the full article on the Mail Online website
The report by charity Orchid found a "worrying trend" of late diagnosis with 37% of prostate cancer cases diagnosed at stages three and four. It comes as ministers announced extra funding for prostate cancer research. In February figures showed the number of men dying from prostate cancer had overtaken female deaths from breast cancer for the first time in the UK. With an aging population, the charity has called for urgent action to prevent a "ticking time bomb in terms of prostate cancer provision".
Former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull has revealed he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The 62-year-old said it was found in November and cancer has spread to his legs, hips, pelvis and ribs. Turnbull told the Radio Times he wanted to encourage people to get tested, saying: "Maybe if I'd got it earlier and stopped it at the prostate, I'd be in a much better state."
He said he had put long-term aches and pains down to "old age". The interview was conducted by Sian Williams, Turnbull's former colleague on the Breakfast sofa, who had a double mastectomy for breast cancer in 2014.
The largest ever trial of PSA (prostate specific antigen) tests - which all men over 50 can obtain on request from their GP - found that death rates were identical among men, whether or not they underwent screening. Inviting symptomless men for the one-off blood test detects some tumours unlikely to be harmful - while still missing others that were fatal, researchers warned. The study, funded by Cancer Research UK, follows a long debate about whether the NHS should introduce routine screening, using the tests.
Stephen Fry is recovering from Prostate surgery and reported "It all seemed to go pretty well". Fry was diagnosed with a Gleason score of 9 and 11 lymph nodes were removed during the surgery. He recommends that men get their PSA levels checked with a doctor and added "I generally felt my life was saved by this early intervention, so I would urge any of you men of a certain age to get your PSA levels checked,". For the full report and link to a video, see BBC News website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43171297
Also see Daily Mail website at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5426517/Stephen-Fry-announces-prostate-cancer.html
The latest edition of the Tackle magazine Prostate Matters can be found on their website at http://www.tackleprostate.org/uploads/files/ProstateMatters_latest.pdf