Ground breaking research
into prostate cancer treatment at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
PROSTRATE cancer patients are being
invited to take part in a trial that hopes to establish whether just five
treatments of radiotherapy are as good as surgery for fighting the disease.
The ground breaking research is taking place at The
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
NHS Foundation Trust and is aimed at men who are diagnosed at an early stage of
The Prostate Advances in Comparative Evidence (PACE) trial follows the results
of the CHHiP trial, a major study released last year which found that fewer,
higher doses of radiotherapy are as effective as giving lower doses for a longer
period, effectively cutting the number of treatments prostate cancer patients
As well as examining the surgery versus radiotherapy option, in a separate arm,
PACE will investigate whether the number of radiotherapy treatments can be
reduced even further by administering greater doses with higher accuracy, a
technique called stereotactic radiotherapy, or SABR. This will see participants
having just five sessions, as opposed to the 20 recommended after the CHHiP
The first participant for PACE at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre has already
been treated and it is expected that more men will come forward to take part in
the trial over the coming weeks and months. Suitable patients will be offered a
place on the trial by their oncologist and surgeon, then, if they agree to take
part, will be selected at random for surgery or SABR radiotherapy. For those
that wish to avoid radiotherapy, the selection will be between standard
radiotherapy over four weeks or SABR radiotherapy.
The PACE Study is coming to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre after early work on
SABR for prostate cancer at The Royal Marsden and Mount Vernon hospitals. The
trial is now an international collaboration led by The Royal Marsden with more
UK and Canadian cancer centres joining the effort.
Dr Shaun Tolan, Consultant Clinical Oncologist at The Clatterbridge Cancer
Centre, and member of the studyís Trial Management Group, said:- "The PACE
trial is looking at the new SABR technique of giving just 5 treatments in 5
days of higher dose, highly targeted radiotherapy and comparing that to surgery
or, in men who donít want an operation, to 20 standard treatments over 4 weeks.
Weíve already seen prostate radiotherapy schedules slashed from 7 1/2 weeks to 4
weeks and now PACE is looking at the possibility of treating men in 1 week. This
would be a very attractive option for men who wish to avoid surgery or for men
who are concerned about the tiredness associated with lots of travelling and the
disruption to work and family life caused by many weeks of treatment."
Robert Croft, 62, from Chester, was the first patient to take part in the PACE
trial at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, undergoing five radiotherapy
treatments in a week at the hospital in Merseyside.
He was told about the PACE trial and was asked to decide what suited him better,
surgery or radiotherapy. "Iím not medical. I just had to weigh up which
seemed the most practical for me. Over 2 or 3 days the decision formed; I
would choose the radiotherapy trial. I learnt I was to be the first patient at
Clatterbridge. That didnít worry me. I have been taken very good care of."
He said the chance to have a shorter course of radiotherapy treatment appealed
to him, adding:- "It meant my summer being less disrupted and my momentum
Robert said he had been impressed by his treatment and the staff at The
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.
He added:- "This is a place where extraordinary things happen for ordinary
Coffee evening brews up funds for cancer research charity
A charity coffee evening raised more
than £700 for North West Cancer Research. Coffee lovers gathered at the Aughton
Institute on Bold Lane to help raise funds to support lifesaving cancer research
projects across the region.
Guests enjoyed a selection coffee, teas and
homemade cakes. They were also able to buy gifts and arts and craft items from
various stalls. A raffle was also held and prizes were kindly donated by charity
Money raised has been
donated to North West Cancer Research to facilitate cancer research projects in
the region. These research projects will help improve our understanding of
cancer and how to better detect, treat and prevent it.
North West Cancer Research has committed to funding £13 million
worth of research over the next 5 years; approximately £9 million of which will
be spent on research based at nearby University of Liverpool.
Ruth Griffiths, secretary of North West Cancer Researchís Aughton
based fundraising group, said:- "Once again the generosity of the local
community has astounded us and has helped us to raise a tremendous amount of
money. North West Cancer Research is the regionís biggest locally based funder
of cancer research and relies solely on donations to fund its lifesaving
research, which is why every penny we can raise to help them in their mission to
beat cancer is important."
Bobby Magee, fundraising manager at North West
Cancer Research, said:- "The success of the event is testament to the
strength of our long serving fundraising committee in Aughton and the time and
energy they devote to helping us. Without the generosity and backing of the
local community the charity would not be able to continue to support cutting
edge research, so on behalf of the charity I would like to thank everyone
involved and who gave so generously."
Women and Girls in Liverpool
get top tips from Rugby World Cup winner
WOMEN and girls in Liverpool found
themselves trying out something new, on Thursday, 11 August 2016, at Liverpool
ONE with England Rugby World Cup winner and RFU Spirit of Rugby ambassador
At a massively exciting time for womenís rugby, with Rugby Sevens making its
Olympic Games debut in Rio at the weekend, growth in the game at an all time
high and for the first time ever professional contracts being awarded to
Englandís XVs players, Alphonsi was in Town to showcase the best in the game and
encourage more women and girls to give rugby a try.
The excited participants got to take on the former England
international in an inflatable passing cage, a throwing tower, a kicking cage
and the gauntlet run as well as learn some top tips from one of the sportís
ďIíve had a fantastic day. It has been terrific to see so many women and
girls trying out rugby, and giving something new a go! Womenís rugby is a game
like no other and I hope today that I have helped show people what fun this
sport can be. Whatís more, with Sevens being played in the Olympics for the
first time we are exposing the sport to a huge audience and I am sure the GB
womenís team will have inspired more players to give rugby a go across the
country. Rugby has certainly had a massively positive impact on my life and I
want to see other people benefit from the sport too.Ē said Alphonsi.
Alphonsi was supporting the event as a Spirit of Rugby ambassador. Spirit of
Rugby is a nationwide project funded by the Spirit of 2012 and it aims to ensure
the spirit that radiated from London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics is felt
across the UK.
The projects are uniquely led and devised by 16 to 24 year olds, with the aim of
increasing participation through new and innovative events, which engage groups
not traditionally involved in rugby.
In Liverpool, the Spirit of Rugby group has been focusing on
increasing the awareness of rugby in a football dominated area, and getting more
people involved in the game, be it students, coaches and volunteers.
Waterloo RFC event volunteer, Keisha Hendricks, said:- "This has been a
brilliant day. It has been great to see so many women and girls from the area
come down and give rugby a go. It has been nice to see a real focus on womenís
sport and womenís rugby and I know this event is going to have an impact on
rugby in this area. I am looking forward to seeing some new faces coming down to
our clubs. Itís also been fantastic having a real rugby hero in Maggie Alphonsi
attending. She has really enthused everyone who has turned up, even though it is
raining, and shown people what is great about our game, whether youíre small or
big, and from any background."
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