Vaccine trials

Immunotherapy is being used as a experimental treatment for prostate cancer. Patients are injected with dead prostate cancer cells, so that the cells within the body responsible for protection against viruses and bacteria (the immune system) are alerted to the presence of cancer cells. If the treatment is successful, the cells in the immune system seek out and destroy any cells that resemble the tissues used in the vaccine. Two men described their experiences of vaccine trials.

Describes his experience of the vaccine trials.

Age at interview 65

Gender Male

Age at diagnosis 59

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Describes the process and the checks made to see if he was eligible for a vaccine trial

Age at interview 55

Gender Male

Age at diagnosis 51

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Cryosurgery for prostate cancer

Here, men with prostate cancer share their experiences of cryotherapy. Cryosurgery uses extreme cold, in combination with ultrasound and temperature monitoring, to destroy cancer cells...


Prostate cancer relies on the male hormone, testosterone, to enable it to grow. One way of controlling the cancer is to starve it of testosterone....