Australian men with prostate cancer have an opportunity to join two large international trials of a powerful new hormone treatment. This new generation hormone, Enzalutamide, is not approved for prostate cancer in Australia but has been shown to be effective in treating late stages of this disease. The trials will test if it is even more effective if used earlier. Stronger than standard hormone treatment, it continues to work after cancer has become resistant to standard hormone treatment.
Australia is leading these trials, which will recruit 1900 men in five countries. This is the first time Australian scientists have led an international prostate cancer trial. Australians can join at 28 hospitals across the country. The first trial is for those whose cancer has spread but who have not yet been treated with hormones or have had less than 12 weeks of it. The hope is to extend their lives by combining standard hormone treatment with this new treatment. The second trial is for men with high-risk cancer that has not spread outside the prostate and who are planning radiotherapy. The hope is that by combining radiotherapy, standard and new hormone therapy, a cure can be achieved.
Almost one year ago, Australian rock legend Chrissy Amphlett, of the infamous band The Divinyls, passed away following her battle with breast cancer at the age of 53. Chrissy was passionate about spreading awareness around the importance of early detection of breast cancer and wanted her song ‘I Touch Myself’ to become an anthem for women’s health around the world. As a tribute, Chrissy’s family & friends, Cancer Council NSW and marketing communications agency JWT Sydney have come together to turn her divine dream into reality by launching the I Touch Myself Project.
Australians, along with the help of some very famous tea and food lovers are being encouraged to make every single cup count this year when it comes to beating cancer.
To celebrate the launch of 21st Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Cancer Council’s army of renowned chefs, restaurateurs and TV personalities are calling on people across the country to take time out to help raise funds to beat cancer this May.
Aboriginal women are 30 percent more likely to die from their breast cancer than non-Aboriginal women. However, a number of changes, including increasing the uptake of surgery, could close this gap, Cancer Council NSW announced today.