1. ITV Report

Cardiff University receive grant for 'pioneering' prostate cancer reaserch

Cardiff University researchers have received a £280,000 grant to explore new ways of preventing prostate cancer from returning and spreading after treatment.

Prostate cancer kills over 540 men in Wales every year and more than 2,500 are diagnosed annually.

It is also set to become the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the UK by 2030.

Our Correspondent Carole Green has more:

Even when prostate cancer is caught and treated before it spreads outside of the prostate, it currently comes back too often. In fact around one third of men who have their prostate removed, or have radiotherapy, find that their cancer returns after some time.

This potential new drug targets the cells that we believe cause the cancer to return. Our hope is that this study will pave the way for its use alongside existing prostate cancer therapy to help patients remain cancer free. We’re incredibly grateful for this grant from Prostate Cancer UK and can’t wait to get started.

– Dr Richard Clarkson, Cardiff University researcher

The grant has been awarded by Prostate Cancer UK as part of the charity's new £2.6 million Research Innovation Awards scheme.

Through shifting the science over the next decade, we want to transform prostate cancer into a disease that the next generation of men will not fear.

We’re delighted to be funding our first ever Research Innovation Awards, which has been made possible thanks to the generous donations of our supporters. We challenged the research community to think creatively and send us ideas we’d never seen before, that could really change the game for men. We weren’t disappointed. Pioneering research like this from Dr Clarkson, is going to play a key role in helping us to achieve our ten year goal and we’re looking forward to seeing how this research progresses.

– Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research at Prostate Cancer UK