Prostate Cancer Research Trust

Prostate Cancer Research Trust

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  • Health and well being / research and care

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


To raise funds to support research to improve the survival and quality of life of men with prostate cancer


We raise funds mainly through trusts, events and individual giving.

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men (about 30,000 new cases a year in the UK) and kills about 10,000 men a year in the UK. The money we raise supports research at The Prostate Cancer Research Centre, University College London. We are one of the leading prostate cancer research groups in the UK.

For prostate cancer that has spread outside the prostate, the primary treatment is hormone therapy. This treatment was introduced in the 1940s, and there has been no major advance in therapy since then. Consequently, the outlook for a man with prostate cancer that has spread has changed little for over 50 years. That is what drives us to undertake research to develop new therapies for men with advanced prostate cancer.

We have two research teams, one wrking on stem cells with the ultimate goal of developing prostate cancer stem cell therapy. The second team is studying the spread of the disease, as it is spread that makes the difference between cure and failure. They have made an important breakthrough, having found a genetic change that helps cancer cells move and spread. We hope this advance will also lead to a new therapy slowing down spread.

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