Inovative New Laser Treatment For Prostate Cancer May Open The Door To A Cure

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Prostate cancer laser treatment ‘truly transformative’

Surgeons have described a new treatment for early stage prostate cancer as “truly transformative”.

The approach, tested across Europe, uses lasers and a drug made from deep sea bacteria to eliminate tumours, but without causing severe side effects.

Trials on 413 men – published in The Lancet Oncology – showed nearly half of them had no remaining trace of cancer.

Lifelong impotence and incontinence are often the price of treating prostate cancer with surgery or radiotherapy.

Up to nine-in-10 patients develop erectile problems and up to a fifth struggle to control their bladders.

That is why many men with an early stage tumour choose to “wait and see” and have treatment only when it starts growing aggressively.

“This changes everything,” said Prof Mark Emberton, who tested the technique at University College London.

Triggered to kill

The new treatment uses a drug, made from bacteria that live in the almost total darkness of the seafloor and which become toxic only when exposed to light.

Ten fibre optic lasers are inserted through the perineum – the gap between the anus and the testes – and into the cancerous prostate gland.

When the red laser is switched on, it activates the drug to kill the cancer and leaves the healthy prostate behind.

The trial – at 47 hospitals across Europe – showed 49% of patients went into complete remission.

And during the follow-up, only 6% of patients needed to have the prostate removed, compared with 30% of patients that did not have the new therapy.

Crucially, the impact on sexual activity and urination lasted no more than three months.

No men had significant side effects after two years.

Gerald Capon, 68 and from West Sussex, told the BBC: “I’m totally cured and free of the cancer.

“I feel incredibly lucky that I was accepted for the trial… I feel that my life ahead is worry free.”

He was out of hospital the day after the treatment.

Image caption Patient Gerald Capon says he feels incredibly lucky

Prof Emberton said the technology could be as significant for men as the move from removing the whole breast to just the lump in women with breast cancer.

He said: “Traditionally the decision to have treatment has always been a balance of benefits and harms.

“The harms have always been the side effects – urinary incontinence and sexual difficulties in the majority of men.

“To have a new treatment now that we can administer, to men who are eligible, that is virtually free of those side effects, is truly transformative.”

11,000 deaths

More than 46,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK each year.

The tumours tend to grow slowly, but still around 11,000 men die from the disease.

However, the new treatment is not yet available for patients. It will be assessed by regulators at the beginning of next year.

Other therapies to kill prostate cancers, such as very focused ultrasound – known as focal Hifu – have a lower risk of side effects.

But these treatments are not universally available.

Dr Matthew Hobbs, from the charity Prostate Cancer UK, said the technology could help men who face the conundrum of whether or not to have treatment.

“Focal therapy treatments like this one have the potential to offer a middle ground option for some men with cancer that has not spread outside the prostate,” he said.

Caution urged

He said the next challenge would be to find out which patients should still wait and see, which ones should have this type of therapy, and which should have more invasive treatments.

“Until we know the answer to this question, it is important that these results do not lead to the over-treatment of men with low risk cancer, or the under treatment of men at higher risk.”

The technology was developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel alongside Steba Biotech.

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To Save Money 5,500 Cancer Patients Condemned To Die Sooner To Save Money

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medical professionals estimate that 5,500 cancer patients will die early due to the NHS being forced to withold treatments known to prolongue their life in acceptable quality – to save money.

This announcement comes at a time when we are reliably informed that the NHS is willingly spending £Millions on holiday homes and holidays for some patients and operating a VIP service for MPs attending A&E!

It is my opinion, having spent considerable time in and around hospitals ALL NHS that there are considerable savings and improvements that could be made to cut costs that should be far higher up the list than NICE’s, in my opinion, irresponsible new attack on cancer patients!

Cancer drugs fund cuts 23 treatments

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The Cancer Drugs Fund in England will no longer pay for 16 medicines, used in 23 separate cancer treatments.

It has now more than halved the number of treatments it covers since the beginning of the year after being repeatedly overspent.

The latest drugs being axed include those for breast, pancreatic and blood cancers.

The Rarer Cancers Foundation said the news was a “hammer blow” and estimated that 5,500 patients would miss out.

All the drugs on the Cancer Drugs Fund list have been rejected by the NHS as a whole because they do not provide enough benefit for the amount they cost.

The fund was set up by Prime Minister David Cameron to provide access to such medication.

However, NHS England announced that the fund was due to go £100m over budget in 2014-15.

At the beginning of 2015, there were 84 funded therapies, but after a series of culls there are now just 41.

In the latest reduction, 23 course of treatment have been removed.

Prof Peter Clark, the chairman of the Fund, said: “There is no escaping the fact that we face a difficult set of choices, but it is our duty to ensure we get maximum value from every penny available on behalf of patients.

“We must ensure we invest in those treatments that offer the most benefit, based on rigorous evidence-based clinical analysis and an assessment of the cost of those treatments.”

NHS England said current projections suggest that without de-listing, spend on the fund would rise to around £410m this year.

The drugs will be formally removed on 4 November and the announcement will not affect patients currently receiving treatment through the fund.


Patients affected

  • Blood cancer – 1,759 patients
  • Breast cancer – 986 patients
  • Bowel cancer – 845 patients
  • Prostate cancer – 601 patients
  • Upper gastrointestinal cancer – 549 patients
  • Urological cancer – 376 patients
  • Brain and central nervous system – 229 patients
  • Gynaecological cancer – 188 patients

Source: Rarer Cancers Foundation figures bases on usage figures for 2014-15


Andrew Wilson, chief executive of the Rarer Cancers Foundation which is supported by pharmaceutical companies, said: “These cuts will be a hammer blow to many thousands of desperately ill cancer patients and their families.

“Ministers told us they wanted to work with charities to develop a solution, but now the NHS has announced big reductions in access to existing life-extending treatment, with no action to make available the newest game-changing drugs.”

The charity Breast Cancer Now said it was a “dreadful day” for patients.

Its chief executive, Baroness Delyth Morgan, said there had been a lack of leadership: “Kadcyla is a one-of-a-kind drug proven to extend life, and the fact is that because government, the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry have failed to agree realistic prices for new drugs, some women will die sooner.”

The chief executive of Myeloma UK, Eric Low, said: “The government has been far too slow to see and address the critical flaws of the Fund.

“It has let things develop to the stage where effective and life-prolonging drugs are being brutally delisted from the Fund to cut costs.”

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IN MEMORIAM – Rebekah Gibbs – Actress & Mum aged 41

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Tragedy as Casualty star Rebekah Gibbs, 41, passes away after six-year battle with breast cancer

  • The actress appeared in the BBC show for more than 100 episodes
  • She was first diagnosed in 2008 when her daughter was just 10 weeks old 
  • Her friend Michelle Grant has spoken of her strength and kindness 
  • Cancer was in remission but she had a seizure while on holiday in Devon
  • It emerged the former Broadway star had tumours in brain and lung

The best friend of Rebekah Gibbs has spoken of the Casualty actor’s incredible bravery as she struggled against breast cancer. 

The 41-year-old mother-of-one, who appeared in more than 100 episodes of the BBC show as paramedic Nina Farr, died from the disease on Tuesday after a six-year battle. 

Michelle Grant, 41, says she was devoted to Gigi, who was just 10 week old when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.

Rebekah Gibbs, pictured with her daughter Gigi, has died after a six-year battle with breast cancer

 

Rebekah Gibbs, pictured left with her daughter Gigi, has died after a six-year battle with breast cancer. Her best friend Michelle (pictured with Rebekah, right) has spoken of the Casualty actor’s incredible bravery

Michelle (left) and Rebekah (centre left) met in a stage production of Grease in 1999, playing Frenchie and Rizzo alongside Matt Goss as Danny (centre right)

Michelle (left) and Rebekah (centre left) met in a stage production of Grease in 1999, playing Frenchie and Rizzo alongside Matt Goss as Danny (centre right)

Michelle first met Rebekah while they were performing in a stage production of Grease in 1999. The pair, playing Frenchie and Rizzo, quickly became best friends.

Michelle, who runs a production company, told MailOnline: ‘She was the most wonderful person.

‘She never let it get on top of her. She worked as hard as she could to bring up Gigi.

‘When she had radiotherapy there were times she wasn’t allowed to be with the baby and it broke her heart.’ 

After chemotherapy and radiotherapy and a double mastectomy and was given the all-clear after five years in 2013.

But a few months later she had a seizure while on holiday in Devon. She was taken to hospital and was told the cancer had spread to her brain and lungs.

'She never let it get on top of her. She worked as hard as she could to bring up Gigi'

‘She never let it get on top of her. She worked as hard as she could to bring up Gigi’

Happiest day: Michelle and Rebekah at Michelle's wedding. Michelle says the death has left her heartbroken

Happiest day: Michelle and Rebekah at Michelle’s wedding. Michelle says the death has left her heartbroken

She died on Tuesday afternoon in a hospice.

Michelle, herself a mother of a two-year-old girl, spoke of the shock her friends and family felt when the cancer returned.

‘It was just heartbreaking. She had the scan and it had got into her lungs. That was it.

‘The chemo would prolong her life but they had to stop treatment in June because it wasn’t working.’ 

She added ‘She was always thinking of her little girl. Her husband Ash has been her rock and his mum Nonny has constantly cared for Gigi.

‘There are so many people that loved her, everyone she knew loved her. When she spoke to you, it would feel as if you were the only person in her life at that moment.

‘I told her I would be talking to her for eternity. She said that for her last few days she wanted love and stroking and candles in the room. She didn’t like people to cry.’

The 41-year-old appeared in more than 100 episodes of Casualty as paramedic Nina Farr from 2004 to 2006

The 41-year-old appeared in more than 100 episodes of Casualty as paramedic Nina Farr from 2004 to 2006

Rebekah Gibbs and her husband Ashley. He said Rebekah had wonderful support towards the end of her life

Rebekah Gibbs and her husband Ashley. He said Rebekah had wonderful support towards the end of her life

She added: ‘She was loved until the very end. For the last few months she was never left alone.

‘She was quite outrageous and a wonderful person. She was all about high heels and lip gloss and she’d be on the dance floor high kicking.

‘She was a character but a sensitive soul.’ 

Her husband Ashley released a statement, saying: ‘Rebekah had wonderful care and felt loved and safe right up until the end, especially with the outstanding nursing staff at the Hospice in the Weald, who were exceptional.

‘I’d like to thank them and her dear, loving friends, from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support we received over the last year. Without which Rebekah and I would not have been able to cope.

 

Rebekah (left, on her wedding day with Gigi, first noticed a lump at Christmas in 2007, when she was seven and a half months pregnant

‘I’d also like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and messages at this difficult time. My daughter and I take a great deal of comfort from this as we come to terms with life without our Rebekah.’

Rebekah first noticed a lump at Christmas in 2007, when she was seven and a half months pregnant.

Initially she thought it was the baby moving, but was horrified when she realised it was a walnut-sized mass in her left breast. 

Anxious that it might be a tumour, she went first to her GP then a locum doctor. Both of them initially told her that she had a blocked milk duct.  

Speaking to the Mail in 2009, she said: ‘The private consultant I [eventually] saw said he believed it was cancer even before he ran a single test.

‘At that moment it was as though a bomb had exploded inside my world, destroying every certainty.

‘I could barely think.

‘Although Gigi was crying with hunger, the last thing I wanted to do was to get out my breast and start feeding her, knowing there was something alien and poisonous growing in there, but I knew she needed my milk.

‘It was surreal; I was only 35, with a newborn baby. I couldn’t have imagined that something so awful could happen.’

Rebekah had planned to breast-feed for six months. Instead, she was given a drug to dry up her milk supply before surgery to remove the tumour.

‘That was a particularly devastating moment,’ she recalled. ‘Suddenly being a mother wasn’t the priority; the priority was staying alive.’

More blows were to follow: a biopsy showed the cancer was grade three – a very aggressive form – and an examination of her lymph nodes revealed the disease had spread.

The actress with daughter Gigi, aged three months. She was devastated as she couldn't breast feed

The actress with daughter Gigi, aged three months. She was devastated as she couldn’t breast feed

Still smiling, still beautiful: Rebekah during her chemo treatment. After chemotherapy and radiotherapy and a double mastectomy and was given the all-clear after five years in 2013

Still smiling, still beautiful: Rebekah during her chemo treatment. After chemotherapy and radiotherapy and a double mastectomy and was given the all-clear after five years in 2013

So what should have been a time of joy at the arrival of her baby became a daily battle with despair as she and her fiancé, garage owner Ashley Pitman, 47, faced up to the challenges that lay ahead.

The days and weeks were marked out not by Gigi’s precious milestones but hospital appointments and gruelling rounds of chemotherapy. ‘I missed out on so much,’ says Rebekah.

‘When I had my first round of chemo I felt so sick that I couldn’t interact with Gigi – all I could do was come home and take her to bed with me.

Then I realised I would have to hand her over to someone – my mother, Ash’s mother or my neighbour Victoria – because she needed stimulation to grow.

‘On the day I started to lose my hair from the chemo, I was changing her nappy and she reached up and stroked my head. She gave me such strength through the toughest of times.’

Her agent Belfield and Ward tweeted the news of her death: ‘Darling Rebekah Gibbs, a true inspiration and dazzling light, never to be forgotten.’ 

James Redmond, who starred with Gibbs in Casualty tweeted: ‘So sad to hear lovely Rebekah Gibbs has passed away. She lit up every room with her smile and positivity. R.I.P.’

Coronation Street actress Hayley Tamaddon tweeted: ‘My dear friend passed away today. A true star, always smiling and so positive.

By the time Rebekah was finally diagnosed with breast cancer, her daughter Gigi was ten weeks old

By the time Rebekah was finally diagnosed with breast cancer, her daughter Gigi was ten weeks old

James Redmond, who starred with Gibbs in Casualty tweeted: 'So sad to hear lovely Rebekah Gibbs has passed away. She lit up every room with her smile and positivity. R.I.P'

James Redmond, who starred with Gibbs in Casualty tweeted: ‘So sad to hear lovely Rebekah Gibbs has passed away. She lit up every room with her smile and positivity. R.I.P’

 
Rebekah Gibbs stars alongside James Redmond in Casualty (Archive)
 

 

‘So many memories. We will never forget you Becky. Keep twinkling. Wherever you are.’

Born in Torquay, Devon, Rebekah attended the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts in Sidcup, whose alumni include Spice Girl Mel C.

She appeared in the West End musicals Starlight Express, Grease and Fame before landing the part of Nina Farr, a paramedic, in Casualty in 2004.

She left in 2006 to start a family, and went into healthy living overdrive; she was training for a half-marathon when she found out she was expecting Gigi.

Poignantly, in a book she wrote about her struggle with the disease, Gibbs wrote a moving open letter to Gigi, telling her how much she loves her.

‘The book is part of my preparations for Gigi’s life, with or without me,’ she said.

‘If I can’t be there, all I want is for her and Ash to be happy.

‘But for now, I have to concentrate on how much joy and fun I can cram into our remaining time together, because I have no way of knowing how long I’ve got.’

For information about donations to the hospice that cared for Rebekah, The Hospice in the Weald can be followed on Twitter on: @hospiceweald.

Their website is http://www.hospiceintheweald.org.uk

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