PrEP trial update

Over 1900 people have already enrolled on the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) Impact trial across over 35 clinics around England according to an update from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England (NHSE).
Most sexual health clinics are expected to take part in the HIV prophylaxis trial, …

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Radium 223 and abiraterone combo safety issues

Bayer has been forced to unblind a trial looking at the combination of radium 223 (Xofiga) and abiraterone (Zytiga) in asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic chemotherapy-naïve bone-predominant metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer after an excess of deaths and fractures were noted in the combination group compared to the …

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Earlier use for abiraterone

Abiraterone (Zytiga) has been approved to treat newly-diagnosed high-risk metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer in combination with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). The drug was previously licenced for metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer in adults who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic after failure of ADT in whom …

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Fewer men get unnecessary prostate cancer treatment

Only 8% of men with low-risk prostate cancer received potentially unnecessary radical treatment in 2015–16 compared to 12% in 2014–15, according to the fourth Annual Report of the National Prostate Cancer Audit (NPCA) published by the Royal College of Surgeons.
The audit looked into the proportion …

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Seventh TUF cycle challenge

We made it! Phew!
We have just returned from our seventh cycle challenge to raise donations for The Urology Foundation (TUF).
The cycle, which took a 450km route from Ho Chi Min City in Vietnam to Angkar Wat in Cambodia, was so far one of the most …

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The TUF get going

Since 2008 urologists and colleagues have cycled in Sicily, Malawi, Madagascar, Patagonia, South Africa and Rajasthan raising more than three quarter of a million pounds for The Urology Foundation (TUF). The seventh and latest installment of the TUF cycling series is a 450km cycle starting …

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Movember has started

Its time to grow a mo’ and save a bro’ or just get Moving. Movember has started and the Movember Foundation is encouraging everyone who is taking part by growing some facial hair or taking up exercise, to register on its website (https://uk.movember.com/?home) and get …

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Oral sex and smoking risk for mouth cancer

Men who smoke and have oral sex with five or more partners have the highest risk of developing HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer caused by exposure to the human papilloma virus (HPV), according to research published in Annals of Oncology (doi.org/10.1093/annonc/mdx535).
The researchers analysed data from 13 089 …

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Obese and smokers banned from surgery

Two Hertfordshire CCGs have come under fire for refusing non-urgent surgery to patients who are obese and those who smoke.
According to Hertfordshire Valley CCG and East and North Hertfordshire CCG, patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40 will not be referred for routine …

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New non-invasive urine test for bladder cancer

A new non-invasive urine test for bladder cancer could reduce cystoscopy and CT scans, according to new trial results.
The ADXBLADDER test, launched at the 37th Société Internationale D’Urologie (SIU) meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, October 19-22, 2017, was shown to have 95% sensitivity for higher-risk cancers …

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