Prostate cancer: entering a golden age of research
This year in the UK, more than 40,000 men will find out they have prostate cancer, and the disease will claim the lives of more than 10,000. Prostate cancer is usually treated with radiation or an operation that removes the prostate gland, followed by drugs that suppress the hormone testosterone, which can stimulate the growth of prostate tumours. But in many men, the disease eventually spreads and reaches a point where hormone therapy no longer keeps it in check. Most of the deaths from prostate cancer occur when the disease has spread to the bone.