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  • New Year call for change from Europa Uomo Chair
    Politicians and policy makers across Europe need to change strategy to improve diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for men with prostate cancer. That is the message from Europa Uomo Chairman André Deschamps, in an article expressing concern that prostate cancer mortality rates are no longer decreasing across Europe. André Deschamps Deschamps points out that in some countries there is a significant increase in the number of cancers being detected at a late stage. A recent Europa Uomo questionnaire, with responses from 24 European states, found that less than 50% of men are aware of prostate cancer and that PSA-led early detection is promoted by healthcare professionals in only half of the countries. “We as patients urge our politicians and policymakers to adopt a change in strategy,” writes Deschamps, in an article for Health Europa Quarterly. He calls for public awareness campaigns, active encouragement of PSA testing (within EAU guidelines) and treatment in multidisciplinary cancer centres. “Some countries are still discouraging PSA-led early detection and claim that they do not harm their citizens with this,” he writes. “The arguments are mostly: less costs for the healthcare system, avoiding over treatment and that this policy has no influence on mortality rates.” ... read more
    Published on January 8, 2019
    2 days ago
  • High profile for November in Latvia
    The Latvian prostate cancer patient organisation organised Movember Latvia activities to inform men about when they should go to a doctor and what to do if they found they had cancer. During the month, the Movember Latvia messages gained a high profile in the media and at sporting events. As the month started, Helmuts Bēķis, a board member of the prostate organisation in Latvia, was interviewed during one of the breaks in the hockey game between Dinamo Riga and Lokomotiv Jaroslavl. The following day, board members and doctors again spoke about prostate cancer at a press conference in the city centre. One of the sponsors for the press conference was the company Husqvarna, whose motto for men is “Check your tools”. On 21st November there was a discussion meeting involving the urologic association, patients and media on the subject of “What to do next when you find out that you have a cancer”. On same day there was a Movember Latvija bus ride through Riga city. The message was: “Health should always be most important, so supporting the Movember Latvia movement we invite loving men – fathers, brothers, sons – to remind you to check and take care of your ... read more
    Published on December 18, 2018
    3 weeks ago
  • Europa Uomo’s mission to Armenia
    A Europa Uomo representative has met with cancer advocates, health professionals and politicians in Armenia, with a view to encouraging the formation of an organisation for men with prostate cancer in the country. Europa Uomo Vice Chairman, Stig Lindahl from Sweden, travelled to Artsakh, a northern province of Armenia Northern Armenia, for a meeting on male and female cancers. Travelling with representatives from Europa Donna, the European breast cancer coalition, Stig Lindahl gave a talk on living with prostate cancer in different parts of Europe and met with attending members of the public and doctors. The next day Stig Lindahl met with the provincial Prime Minister. This was followed by a meeting with doctors, nurses and patient representatives about the possibility of establishing a prostate patient organisation in Armenia. Stig said: “I discussed next steps with Nvard Kocharyan from Europa Donna and her team, and they are hoping to progress matters in the coming months with a view to making an application to join Europa Uomo in 2019.” The post Europa Uomo’s mission to Armenia appeared first on . ... read more
    Published on November 26, 2018
    1 month ago
  • Blue November
    Europa Uomo’s Italian member organisation, Europa Uomo Italia Onlus, has promoted the country’s first prostate cancer information campaign, named Blue November. Educational initiatives promoting men’s health were held throughout Italy during November, raising awareness of the risk of prostate cancer and providing information on how to address it. The campaign focused on information about alternative therapies, the importance of a multidisciplinary approach and the benefits of innovative surgical techniques. To mark the month, museums all over Italy shone blue lights on significant nude statues of men from Italy’s artistic heritage. Events were held in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. For more information: www.novembreazzurro.it (also available in English) The post Blue November appeared first on . ... read more
    Published on November 22, 2018
    2 months ago
  • Extending survival in patients with oligometastatic prostate cancer
    Patients whose cancer returns at multiple sites after treatment – called oligometastatic cancer – are generally thought incurable, but a recent Phase 2 trial found that a highly precise form of radiation can significantly extend these patients’ lives if the spread shows small tumors, and it does this without diminishing life quality. The approach was tested in patients with up to five metastatic sites, and doubled the time a patient lived without disease progression. The trial findings were presented last month at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2018 Annual Meeting. The trial explored the proposition that if the patient had only a few spots of cancer returning that these spots could be killed by a form of radiation known as Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy [SBRT]*. This kind of radiation therapy uses small thin beams of radiation that are projected into the tumour from different angles. Because of the precision factor the dosage given is high and fewer sessions are required than with more conventional radiation. Researchers found that SBRT significantly extended patients’ lives by more than one year. While those receiving this approach lived for a median of three years and five months, patients on palliative radiation therapy lived ... read more
    Published on November 9, 2018
    2 months ago
  • Does ADT lead to a more aggressive type of prostate cancer?
    Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is an important treatment for prostate cancer.  But a new study has found that it sometimes promotes the transformation of prostate cancer cells into a more aggressive type resistant to treatment. Article: http://prostatecancernewstoday.com/2018/09/17/prostate-cancer-become-more-agressive-androgen-deprivation-therapy-study-finds/ Source:The Journal of Clinical Investigationhttps://www.jci.org/articles/view/99397 The post Does ADT lead to a more aggressive type of prostate cancer? appeared first on . ... read more
    Published on September 25, 2018
    4 months ago
  • Annual Report of the board 2017/2018
    Chairman’s Note The adoption of this third Annual Report for Europa Uomo at the 2018 General Assembly near Dublin, will mark the conclusion of my two three-year terms on the Board.  The past six years serving the membership in various offices of Europa Uomo have been both an honour and privilege.  My thanks go to all of you, and your colleagues at home for their support. When I came onto the Board in 2012, my basic objectives were the same as with my work for Tackle in the UK, viz., to improve the way we work as an organisation and to continue to work so that men get the right treatment at the right time.  As I review these past six years I recall how we struggled, through much debate and confusion, to get our statutes into sufficient order to finally get ourselves legally registered as a Belgian not-for-profit.  I was Treasurer for a time and being then responsible for our funding arrangements, I was concerned at how the lack of a business plan might hamper us, financially and organisationally, in the future.  There were also issues associated with our handling of the transition from the founders who built ... read more
    Published on August 13, 2018
    5 months ago
  • The IPCOR project
    Mr. David Galvin, Consultant Urologist and lead of the Irish Prostate Cancer Outcomes Research (IPCOR) project, gave a plenary address at the 2018 General Assembly of the European Prostate Cancer Coalition, Europa Uomo, in Malahide, Dublin on June 9th. In front of an audience of patient advocates from all over Europe, as well as Ireland, he described the approach and methodology of the project, which is collecting data from a variety of sources to generate an outcome-based national tumour registry for prostate cancer in Ireland. It is expected that analysis of the data in the registry will be used to inform patient care and decision making long into the future. The IPCOR project is supported by the Irish Cancer Society and the Movember Foundation. It is part of a global effort called TruNTH Global Registry, funded by Movember, to improve outcomes and the quality of patient care in prostate cancer. It will generate a registry of useful, high-quality data as part of a clinical research study to evaluate the outcomes of different care paths in prostate cancer, and how satisfied patients are with those outcomes. The ultimate aim is to allow clinicians to stop pursuing expensive treatments that have poor ... read more
    Published on June 21, 2018
    7 months ago
  • New video on prostate cancer diagnosis
    A new video by Europa Uomo’s member organisation in the Netherlands, ProstaatKankerStichting.nl, explores diagnosis of prostate cancer and the life-changing effect that it can have on men and their families. Translated into English, the video contains interviews with patients about how they feel about their treatment, and describes the support offered by patient groups. “Within 30 seconds of meeting the urologist, he tells you… you’ve got prostate cancer,” says one of the interviewees, prostate cancer patient Johan Weijenberg. “In the space of 30 seconds, your whole world flashes through your mind, and the ground falls out from under your feet. In less than a minute you think, what’s going to happen to my family when I’m no longer around.” You can access the video also on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9OdZpEDv9c and contact ProstaatKankerStichting.nl at https://prostaatkankerstichting.nl  
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    Published on June 20, 2018
    7 months ago
  • General Assembly 2018, Dublin
    Photo: Secretary John Dowling stands by an inflatable prostate, which was a feature viewed at the conference venue. The inflatable prostate was kindly loaned by Janssen.Delegates to this year’s General Assembly gathered in Malahide, a seaside town just north of Dublin in Ireland. This year’s GA featured a vigorous debate on a Board proposal to promote a study of Quality of Life in prostate cancer care. The GA was also unusual in the number of Board vacancies to be filled. The outcome was that the two outgoing members were re-elected and two new members were elected. The meeting also heard a very interesting presentation about the Irish Prostate Cancer Outcomes Study (IPCOR) from Mr. David Galvin, the lead on the study and an eminent urologist in Dublin. About half the time of the GA was devoted to a series of pilot training sessions. Feedback on the sessions is being evaluated and will be considered by the new Board at its first meeting in July. Delegates had an opportunity to sample some Irish music and dance at the Abbey Tavern in Howth on the Friday evening and the out-going Chairman, Ken Mastris, tried his best at an Irish jig, whereas ... read more
    Published on June 14, 2018
    7 months ago
  • Europa Uomo on Course for a Busy Year
    Last weekend we held our General Assembly in Malahide, Ireland. 21 of our members were represented. As per our statutes, the membership appointed 4 new board members (see elsewhere in this issue) and approved the accounts and the budget for next year. For the first time we were able to combine our organisational business with training for our members. We also consulted the membership about the feasibility of an important study on patient quality of life in prostate cancer care. It is now up to the new Board to analyse the results and make decisions, based on that feedback. I would like to thank all who have contributed to the success of the General Assembly. Once more I would like to give special thanks to Ken Mastris, who has served the board for 6 years, 3 of those as Chairman. Ken has given countless hours and days to serve his fellow patients and it will be difficult for me to match his efforts. I know Ken’s heart is still with us and I am sure Europa Uomo will be able to count on him again. I look forward to working with the new Board and all our members over the ... read more
    Published on June 14, 2018
    7 months ago
  • New Board of Europa Uomo
    The annual General Assembly of Europa Uomo was held in Malahide, Ireland on June 8th and 9th 2018. The outgoing Chairman, Ken Mastris, had completed his maximum two terms and Christian Arnold had resigned.  Treasurer André Deschamps and Secretary John Dowling were each standing for second 3-year terms.  This meant that there were four Board positions to be filled.  A total of 5 candidates were duly nominated.  The election procedure was supervised by Hannu Tavio (Finland). The four successful candidates, elected by secret ballot, were Günter Carl, André Deschamps, John Dowling and Ioannis Vanezos.  The Board then met and elected the officers (see below).  Good luck to all the Board members for the coming year. The Board of Europa Uomo for 2018-2019 consists of: André Deschamps (Belgium)                  Chairman Will Jansen (Netherlands)                     Vice-Chairman Stig Lindahl (Sweden)                           Vice-Chairman John Dowling (Ireland)                          Secretary Ioannis (John) Vanezos (Cyprus)             Treasurer Ernst-Günther Carl (Germany) Pentti Tuohimaa (Finland)     The post New Board of Europa Uomo appeared first on . ... read more
    Published on June 13, 2018
    7 months ago