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FIRST UK-WIDE 'LIFE AFTER PROSTATE CANCER DIAGNOSIS' STUDY

 21 July 2016

Researchers at Queen’s are leading the one of the largest ethically approved ‘Life after Prostate Cancer Diagnosis’ (LAPCD) studies in the world, to see what life is like for men in Northern Ireland living with the disease.

Surveys are currently being issued to 2,000 local men with prostate cancer urging them to take part. This is the first UK-wide study of men who have been treated for prostate cancer; through the survey men will be asked to share their experiences about their treatment and to see what life is like for them now.

The Northern Ireland Cancer Registry at Queen’s will then analyse the anonymous data. That information will be compared with data to be gathered in a second study on men without the disease, also to be administered in Northern Ireland, with results expected at the end of this year. This will allow researchers to investigate differences in health between prostate cancer patients and men in the general population.

Dr Anna Gavin, Director of Queen’s University’s Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, said:  “We are delighted to take the lead in this significant study, as prostate cancer remains the most common cancer in men here, currently accounting for a third of male cancer survivors.

“The survey offers a unique opportunity for men with prostate cancer here to give their feedback on their treatment experience and how it has affected, or still affects, their lives.

“I would strongly encourage all men who have been invited to take part in this study to please do so, as this is their chance to let us know anonymously how they are; to help steer future treatments; and to provide other men and their doctors with better information about treatment after-effects.

“It will also allow service planners to see the issues and challenges that men face as a result of prostate cancer treatment, such as physical symptoms like impotence, incontinence, hot flashes or flushes and psychological conditions like depression, which can result in a reduced quality of life. This will enable those planning services to see what steps can be taken to try to improve the quality of life for men after prostate cancer treatment.”

The study, which is being carried out in partnership with Public Health England, the University of Leeds, the University of Southampton and Oxford Brookes University, was funded by the Movember Foundation in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK.  The Northern Ireland Cancer Registry is funded by the Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland.

For further information, please visit http://www.lifeafterprostatecancerdiagnosis.com/

Media inquiries to Queen’s Communications Office, tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3091.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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