Can you help The Prostate Project’s latest appeal?

Local charity The Prostate Project says: “We’ve built a world class, state of the art Urology Centre, now let’s kit out a Research Lab to match it!”

A new £100,000 diagnostic imaging device to detect prostate cancer has arrived at The Stokes Centre for Urology, thanks to local charity, The Prostate Project. The ultrasound machine, made by Hitachi, fuses images from an MRI scan with the live ultrasound image, allowing doctors to detect prostate cancer more accurately. There are only four machines of its type currently in use by NHS Trusts across England.

This new Hitachi Ultrasound machine comes as part of the charity’s ‘Fabulous Fit Out’ appeal to buy equipment for The Stokes Centre for Urology, opened at Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust last year. The build was funded by a £3 million donation from the charity, matched by £3milion from Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust.

Now our world-leading scientists based at the University of Surrey need state of the art equipment to support their innovative, ground- breaking research into advanced prostate cancer so they can save the lives of our fathers, sons, brothers and friends. Advanced (metastatic) prostate cancer is cancer that has spread from the prostate to other parts of the body, most commonly to the bones and lymph nodes. It’s not currently possible to cure advanced prostate cancer.

Survival rates for men with advanced prostate cancer are poor; the shocking statistic is only 30% of men survive 5 years. These men are in desperate need of our help. Our cancer research team is focusing on developing new and better targeted treatments to help keep advanced prostate cancer under control, manage symptoms, and ultimately extend the lives of men with advanced prostate cancer.

The research team have explained the urgent need for an Incucyte live-cell analysis machine. The Incucyte allows researchers to study complex immune – tumour cell interactions or the effects of a new drug or virus on the cancerous tumour cells, all in real-time. This technology provides high reproducibility of data, helping to fast-track the research the team is conducting with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer, faster.

Research is crucial to finding new ways to treat and diagnose advanced prostate cancer, and ensure no fathers, sons, brothers and friends are lost to this terrible disease. The coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on our fundraising abilities, so we need your help now more than ever.

Our new Appeal target is £150,000 to buy the state of the art Incucyte live-cell analysis machine. If all our readers donated £10 we would reach our goal!

Please donate here: www.prostate-project.org.uk

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