UPDATE
n° 186 | June 2024
In this issue:

Partners express frustration at lost sex life after prostate diagnosis

Latest results from Europa Uomo’s partners’ quality of life study shows wide impact of disease
24 Jun 2024

Partners say that men with prostate cancer are ‘not the same’

New results from Europa Uomo’s EU-ProPER study show the impact of cancer on couples
12 Jun 2024

Europa Uomo's new chatbot will answer your questions

Website’s ‘virtual assistant’ provides answers in 95 languages
3 Jun 2024

It was a time when nobody seemed to care about prostate cancer

Alberto Costa, Chief Executive of the European School of Oncology, was one of the founders of Europa Uomo. Here he recalls the days of the organisation’s establishment.

Prostate Research and Treatments

Does the JUN protein reduce prostate tumour growth?

An international study led by researchers in Vienna has identified a protein known as “JUN” that could slow tumour growth. The results have just been published in the journal Molecular Cancer, and could provide a starting point for the development of therapies.

Read the article here.

Stockholm3 test after PSA could lower prostate cancer care costs

A Swedish study has explored different ways to detect prostate cancer more cost-effectively. The researchers analysed the use of a blood test called Stockholm3 after a PSA test to decide whether an MRI scan was necessary. They found that using the test could save money, mainly by identifying localised cancer earlier and reducing the need for expensive treatments for advanced cancer.

Read the article here.

AI detects prostate cancer more often on MRI

Artificial intelligence (AI)  detects prostate cancer more often than radiologists and triggers false alarms half as often finds a new  international study coordinated by Radboud University Medical Center and published in The Lancet Oncology.

The PI-CAI study found that AI detected nearly 7% more significant prostate cancers than a sample group of radiologists. The researchers say that, if backed up by follow-up studies, the use of AI could reduce radiologists’ workload, provide more accurate diagnoses and minimise unnecessary prostate biopsies.

Read more here.

Europa Uomo News

Personal perspectives on Europa Uomo's 20th anniversary

In the Voices section of our website you can read several articles giving personal perspectives on our 20th anniversary and on prostate cancer journeys.

Clothing brand joins fight against prostate cancer

To celebrate its 35th anniversary in style, clothing brand Petrol Industries is donating 35% of the proceeds from its capsule range to prostate cancer organisations.

Europa Uomo is supporting the initiative. Its members in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy and Spain will be receiving 35% of the proceeds of each item from its capsule collection sold in the relevant country.

Equity, diversity and inclusion principles in cancer care

On behalf of Europa Uomo, Reneta Ilieva from our member organisation the Bulgarian Association for Patients’ Defense (BAPD) attended the training event ‘Equity, Diversity and Inclusion principles in cancer care’ in Romania.

It provided information about the European Cancer Inequalities Registry, a flagship initiative of the European Beating Cancer Plan, providing reliable data on cancer prevention and care to identify trends, disparities and inequalities between Member States and regions.

You can read Reneta’s report here.

 

Items of Interest

Position paper on medicine shortages

The Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU) has updated its position paper on medicine shortages. Medicine shortages are on the rise in all European countries and every pharmacy across the EU spent on average 10 hours per week dealing with these medicine shortages.

Reputation of pharma from a patient's perspective

Europa Uomo participated in a PatientView survey on how patient-groups are viewing the performance of both the pharmaceutical industry and individual pharma companies. The patient summary, available in various languages, can be read here.

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