EDMONTON, April 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Today Prostate Cancer Canada announced
a national research funding initiative aimed at identifying prostate
cancer patients who need to be treated aggressively and those who do
not. Three major research teams in Edmonton, Toronto and Sherbrooke
will receive close to $5 million for projects that will help prevent
the overtreatment of prostate cancer. This funding is made possible due
to the Movember Foundation.
"These grants will help to answer the question of who to treat and who
to monitor," says Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Prostate Cancer
Canada. "Within the decade men will have access to these tests and the
knowledge they represent to make decisions that will maximize quality
"We know that thousands of Canadian men treated for prostate cancer live
with significant side effects for many years, including incontinence
and lack of sexual function. These three projects hold great potential
to enable more men to safely avoid treatment, and in doing so, maximize
their quality of life," says Pete Bombaci, Country Director, Movember
Canada. "Thanks to the committed efforts of our Mo Bros and Mo Sistas
we are able to fund outstanding projects that will make an impact on
the lives of men living with and beyond prostate cancer."
The research projects, known as the Movember Translation Acceleration
Grants (TAG), were awarded to teams at the University of Alberta,
University of Toronto and l'Université de Sherbrooke whose work in this
area was already showing great potential.
"We believe this research will play an important role during the
diagnosis and follow-up for prostate cancer, says Dr. John Lewis,
researcher, University of Alberta. "These tests could tell us if the
patient is at high risk for developing aggressive metastatic disease or
if that patient's disease is in a benign state.
During the course of this grant we will translate new tests in two
stages: the initial stage we hope to be available clinically within
three years; a blood test will be available in 5-10 years."
Adds Dr. Robert Day, researcher, l'Université de Sherbrooke, "We have
identified new methods of obtaining a more precise diagnostic than ever
before. We need to put this forth so that it is validated in a clinical
"We want to develop a better clinical test using non-invasive methods
that will distinguish up-front men with benign versus aggressive forms
of disease," says Dr. Bharati Bapat, researcher, Mount Sinai Hospital.
"For example, a urine-based test could eliminate the need for
unnecessary, invasive biopsies."
The researchers are:
John Lewis: Sojonky Chair in Prostate Cancer Research, University of Alberta,
This research involves developing a simple blood test that can predict
the onset of metastasis (spread of cancer) in those living with
prostate cancer and better inform treatment decisions.
Bharati Bapat: Mount Sinai Hospital, University Health Network, University of Toronto,
This project works to implement a simple biomarker-based test in the
clinic, which will complement how prostate cancer is managed now and
allow for accurate detection of aggressive prostate cancer.
Robert Day : L'Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke
This study will verify an enzyme-based diagnostic test that can tell if
a cancer is low-risk or high-risk. This could result in earlier
detection, which is potentially lifesaving, and for others it would
represent a halt to unnecessary measures.
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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men,
impacting one in seven men over the course of their lifetime. Prostate
Cancer Canada funds critical programs related to awareness and public
education, advocacy, support of those affected, and research into the
prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer. For more
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Movember aims to forever change the face of men's health through the
power of the moustache, by raising awareness and funds for prostate
cancer, testicular cancer and men¹s mental health initiatives. Funds
raised are directed to programs run directly by the Movember Foundation
and our men¹s
health partners in each country. Together, the channels work to ensure
that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative,
world-class programs in line with our strategic goals; living with and
beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental
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