Trials launched to tackle killer prostate cancer
A two-year trial of treatments for prostate cancer is to begin at Newcastle and two other universities to tackle a disease that kills about 8,500 men a year.
The disease affects the prostate gland in men which produces the fluid in which sperm cells float. As men get older the gland can be affected, making it difficult to urinate.
Diagnosis of prostate cancer is now more frequent following the introduction of a blood test specifically designed to detect the disease.
Current treatments for the cancer have major side effects and are not very effective so alternative treatments need to be tried out to see if they will have a more beneficial effect on patients.
The results of the trials will also make it easier to decide on a screening programme for prostate cancer.
The £13 million trial will be based in the Universities of Bristol, Sheffield and Newcastle and will involve treatment in nine centres around the country.
Through GP practices, 230,000 men between 50-69 years of age will be invited to attend for a prostate check.
Health minister Lord Philip Hunt said: "Funding this trial is a clear demonstration of our commitment to finding the best ways of treating prostate cancer."
* This press release was issued by the Department of Health and reproduced here with permision.
published on: 11th April 2001
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