“Never underestimate the power of sitting in a doctor’s room with someone you love who is fighting cancer and hearing that there is a new type of treatment available.” – Louise, PCRC supporter
Prostate Cancer Research Centre is a UK charity dedicated to funding innovative medical research projects that aim to develop new treatments for men with advanced prostate cancer. In November 2018, the Gisela Graham Foundation awarded PCRC a grant to support its ‘Preventing the Spread of Prostate Cancer’ project, led by Dr Magali Williamson at King’s College London.
Whilst prostate cancer is treatable when it is localised within the prostate, it becomes incurable, life-limiting and potentially terminal when cancerous cells spread through the blood stream to other parts of the body, most commonly the bones and lymph nodes. This is called ‘advanced prostate cancer’ and the effects can be devastating for men and their families.
With the support of the Gisela Graham Foundation, PCRC’s Dr Williamson is conducting world-first research into cell division and decoding the deadly spread of prostate cancer. Through the project, Dr Williamson has discovered that an overexpression of a particular protein is common in cases of advanced prostate cancer and may be linked to the spread of the disease. The research is now looking to inhibit this protein, containing the cancerous cells within the prostate so that it can be treated.
The therapies being developed by Dr Williamson and her team could dramatically improve prostate cancer survival rate and the quality of life for men with prostate cancer.
There is an urgent need to develop new, effective treatments for men with advanced prostate cancer, as this is when it kills people. The recorded number of men dying from prostate cancer each year is now well in excess of 300,000 globally. Deaths from prostate cancer are now as high as those from meningitis (200,000) and malaria (400,000), and are predicted to rise by as much as 8% per year.
Each of these men is someone’s grandfather, father, brother, or son.
For more information about Prostate Cancer Research Centre and our work, please visit www.prostate-cancer-research.org.uk