Currently in almost all cases of early stage prostate cancer men will be routed towards surgery or radiotherapy which are basically the same options given to men with advanced cancers. These treatments are highly effective and even essential in the right circumstances, but to routinely use these options for early stage prostate cancer means men who could live normal lives will, in most instances, experience unnecessary and life changing side effects.
Research and new treatments are advancing all the time, but sadly the roll out of these newer less invasive options throughout the NHS is not as fast as could be desired. This means that in the UK more than 8,000 men, and perhaps as many as 12,000, this and every year will be routed down these invasive treatment pathways, often highly unnecessarily.
Among the latest advances is focal ablation which is being used to great effect in the NHS, but sadly only in a few very limited hospitals. This means that just a small percentage of the men who could benefit (about 2%) receive this – or are even aware that this option is available to them.
So, Prost8 UK as a charity is working with forward looking hospitals and clinicians (and you the public) to raise funds to deploy better equipment to accelerate access to these new treatments – as well as lobbying the NHS to roll them out faster than current planned.