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From Idea to Possibility: Moving Research from the Lab to Patient Care

By January 11, 2019No Comments

Hope is becoming reality for men diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. About 10 to 15 per cent of men diagnosed will develop an aggressive form of the disease which spreads to other areas of the body. But a leading researcher is working to help these men and their families.

One way to slow the growth of this aggressive prostate cancer is hormone deprivation therapy (eliminating the male hormones in the body which the cancer needs to grow) – but this type of treatment can become less effective over time, and the cancer starts to grow and spread. The men who experience resistance urgently need another way to treat their disease.

That’s where Dr. Paul Rennie’s work comes in. Dr. Rennie and his team at University of British Columbia, including Drs. Artem Cherkasov and Emma Guns, are developing new ways to treat aggressive prostate cancer by targeting the cancer’s hormone receptors.