BLOG: This week, the Government unveiled its new 10-year plan for the NHS in England. We scrutinised all 136 pages of it to find out what impacts it could have for men being treated or diagnosed for prostate cancer, and how it could help – or hinder – our own plans.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended pre-biopsy mpMRI scans and a host of other improvements to diagnosis and treatments for prostate cancer become standard NHS practice across the UK. While we back the proposals, we're calling for enough scanners and trained staff to deliver them.
Belfast City Hospital's £1.5 million robot is set to operate on up to 100 men a year, ending years of men having to travel to England for the procedure and no prostate surgery at all in North Ireland since 2016. We get the reaction from two of our volunteers who have helped us campaign for this welcome breakthrough.
Voted for by her colleagues, patients and their families, Sandie Jones scoops our inaugural award for her extraordinary 20-year career caring for men – from biopsy to post-treatment support. We spoke to her and one of her grateful patients, and find out why we're campaigning for more nurses like Sandie across the UK.
After years of us campaigning, Northern Ireland's Department of Health says it's now likely to develop a strategy for the only Home Nation without one – and we're making sure prostate cancer is a key part of it.
BLOG: Disappointingly, there were no announcements in the Budget that specifically support men with prostate cancer. But Philip Hammond did announce additional funding for NHS England. Our policy manager, Tim Windle, reflects on a missed opportunity and outlines what NHS England and the devolved nations must do now to improve the future for men with prostate cancer.
The latest results from the STAMPEDE trial have shown immediate radiotherapy with standard hormone therapy could increase the survival of thousands of men diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer that hasn't spread too widely. We're now calling for the treatment to be offered to these men as standard on the NHS.
BLOG: Ahead of the Budget announcement on 29 October, our chief executive Angela Culhane explains why now is the time to really crack earlier diagnosis of the most common cancer in men and the key investments needed to make sure it happens.
Theresa May used her Conservative Party speech today to announce investment in the latest scanners and 'one-stop' centres to radically improve cancer survival rates in the UK. While welcome, we hope they'll be part of a broader NHS plan to help us reach a national screening programme for prostate cancer.
Our recent Freedom of Information request to the NHS showed access to the latest diagnostic scans before a biopsy was worse in Wales than the other home nations. Find out why, what we're doing about it and how you can help.