Since the completion of the SPCR funded PROACTIVE study, Prof George Lewith has received £230,000 from Prostate Cancer UK to explore a new way to reduce unnecessary treatment of non-aggressive prostate cancers. The grant is part of a £2m wave of Movember Foundation Project Grants and Pilot Awards made by Prostate Cancer UK.
Professor George Lewith from Primary Care at the University, who will be leading the project alongside Professor Alison Richardson from Health Sciences, says: “Many prostate cancers are unlikely to go on to cause harm, so some men are given the choice to simply monitor their cancer through a process called ‘active surveillance’ rather than have unnecessary radical treatment that may cause incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, there is currently no conclusive method for predicting, at this early stage, whether someone’s stable cancer will become aggressive."
George was interviewed on BBC South Today
Read the press release from University of Southampton
Related article and publications: Evaluating the feasibility of delivering PROACTIVE