Research labs were closed, men had their treatments delayed, and much of our activity grinded to a halt, but prostate cancer didn’t, so neither did we.
Simon Mackay's innovative new drug needs an extra push so it can be tested in clinical trials.
After we investigated complaints from men unable to get hold of the off-patent prostate cancer drug, bicalutamide, the British Generic Manufacturers' Association has told us problems with supply shouldn't last long.
BLOG: BLOG: When a successful clinical trial of a new treatment is reported, what happens next? Even the most exciting new methods still have a long way to go before doctors can prescribe them. Behind the scenes, we work to try and make sure these treatments get to the men who need them. This month, Policy Manager, Tim Windle, is in the thick of it in a bid to get a combination therapy for advanced disease approved.
Prostate Cancer UK welcomes new data from the STAMPEDE trial that clarifies there is no difference in the benefits offered by both treatments for men newly diagnosed with advanced disease, but now we want the option of earlier abiraterone made available to all men.
We handed in our ‘Don’t delay funding for vital new drugs and treatments’ petition to NHS England, to urge them to reconsider plans for a new spending cap on treatments. We received an incredible 29,006 signatures, but unfortunately the outcome wasn’t what we hoped for.
Thousands of men could be delayed or denied life-saving new drugs under plans to cap spending by NHS England, prompting "serious concern" and an online petition from leading health and care charities.
Men living in the two home nations with prostate cancer that's spread to the bones will now be able to access the life-enhancing treatment on the NHS if they're unable to have chemotherapy, thanks to reversal of a decision in 2015.
Eligible men in Wales with newly diagnosed advanced prostate cancer will now be offered earlier access to docetaxel chemotherapy alongside hormone therapy. Combining these treatments has been shown to offer these men the possibility of an extra fifteen months of life on average.
After months of consultation and negotiation, the proposed changes to the Cancer Drugs Fund come into effect. But do they go far enough for men with prostate cancer?