Prostate cancer: unexpected “success” in trials of experimental drug

June 21, 2009

tg_black-on_pink_100x107A couple of months ago I wrote (link here) about how trans women who have undergone SRS still have a prostate gland and are therefore still at risk of developing prostate cancer.

So it’s encouraging to read via the Press Association (link here) and BBC News (link here) that “two men with advanced and inoperable prostate cancer have staged dramatic recoveries after being treated with an experimental antibody drug”.

However, it should be noted that these are only preliminary findings from a small trial and that further larger scale trials and research are needed before concluding that the drug, ipilimumab, really does offer a way to improve on current treatments for advanced prostate cancer.

Finally, I’m still irritated at the way the media and the UK’s own Prostate Cancer Charity persist in erasing the existence of, and risk to, trans women by their continuing insistence that “only men have a prostate gland“. Whilst I have learned to expect only ignorance from the mass media, I would have hoped that “the UK’s leading voluntary organisation working with people affected by prostate cancer” would know better.

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3 Responses to “Prostate cancer: unexpected “success” in trials of experimental drug”

  1. Ruth Moss Says:

    Oh god these were the “talking balls” lot weren’t they?

    Well, for what it’s worth I used their email contact form to ask them why they have this misinformation on their web site. Will let you know what if anything they reply.

  2. Helen G Says:

    The Prostate Cancer Campaign? Yep. The same ones I emailed back in March and who said they “will aim for our communications to be more inclusive in future”.

    It’ll be interesting to see what reply you get.

  3. Ruth Moss Says:

    Ah. Yes. That’s the one. Hmm. I’ll be interested too. FGS.


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