Researchers from Newcastle have been given grants to try new technologies that can lead to the diagnosis and treatment of more aggressive prostate cancer.
The Newcastle University team received more than £ 340,000 of welfare for Prostate Cancer UK for men as part of the £ 2.7 million Research Innovation Award.
Prostate cancer cells are surrounded by sweets called glycans, and previous studies show that the removal of these sweets can cause cell death.
Aggressive prostate cancer
The research led by Dr. Jennifer Munkley explains why this response occurs and how it can be used in the development of new treatments and methods for diagnosing aggressive prostate cancer.
Dr. Munkley, Institute of Medicine at Newcastle University, said: “We already know that sugar plays a role in cell death in cancer cells around cancer, but we do not know enough, that’s why the issue of UK Cancer Prostate is very important.
“In this work, we have detected how cancer cells affect, adding and then removing sugar. We are testing whether existing drugs that block the sugar group are effective in preventing the growth of prostate cancer cells.
“The study also examines the sugary group to see if they can be used as a potential signal to diagnose prostate cancer and distinguish between aggressive and non-aggressive forms of disease.
This is a very exciting time for research on prostate cancer and we are proud to be part of a movement that can bring real changes in our lives to men. ”
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and the disease kills one man every 45 minutes in the UK.
Dr. Iain Frame, director of research at UK Cancer Prostate, said: “The need to study prostate cancer is greater than ever, with an increasingly aging population, the number of men diagnosed with an increase in prostate cancer 2030 will become the most common cancer.