An influential coalition of leading cancer charities, led by Prostate Cancer UK, has criticised the government for shutting patients out of crucial talks on changes to the UK-wide system for pricing and assessing new drugs. The cancer charities warn that ignoring the views of patients risks seriously undermining the credibility and effectiveness of the new system before it has even been established.

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Researchers funded by Prostate Cancer UK and the Medical Research Council (MRC) have taken a crucial step forward by identifying a gene that’s potentially instrumental to the growth of both the prostate gland and prostate tumours. Scientists believe this discovery – published today in ‘PLOS ONE’ - could lead to improvements in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment in the future.

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