Today (Friday 15 August 2014) the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) confirmed its refusal to let men with advanced prostate cancer have abiraterone, which could extend life and delay their need for chemotherapy with its devastating side effects. Prostate Cancer UK is urging NICE and the manufacturer to work together and do whatever is necessary to make the drug available without further delay.

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Researchers funded by Prostate Cancer UK and the Medical Research Council (MRC) have taken a crucial step forward by identifying a gene that’s potentially instrumental to the growth of both the prostate gland and prostate tumours. Scientists believe this discovery – published today in ‘PLOS ONE’ - could lead to improvements in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment in the future.

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