We’ve teamed up with Macmillan to publish guidelines that will help health professionals support men who have trouble getting or keeping an erection after prostate cancer treatment. These are an important tool to help men know what they can ask their doctor or specialist nurse for and when.

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This week EastEnders’ Stan Carter has revealed that he has advanced prostate cancer. And he's been keeping it secret from his family for a long time. We’ve been working closely with the show’s writers to advise on the detail and accuracy of the storyline. We really believe this story will make more men aware of the disease and we hope many will want to find out more. So here we address some of the questions Stan’s story may raise for anyone watching the show.

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Every year, at the start of November, scientists and doctors from every cancer speciality gather in Liverpool for the NCRI - the UK’s largest cancer conference. This year we sponsored a special session calling on the research community to think outside the box about the next big steps in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer - beyond hormone therapies. And we explain the promising results they revealed.

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The World Cancer Research Fund has published a report showing that men who are overweight or obese are at more risk of developing an advanced or aggressive form of prostate cancer than men of healthy weight. They’ve also estimated that around 10 per cent of the men diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in the UK each year could be prevented from developing it, if they kept to a healthy weight.

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