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Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon and Senior Clinical Researcher, Prasanna Sooriakumaran (PS), has recently been awarded a scholarship and an award to undertake the TRoMbone trial.

Trombone trial funded

PS was awarded the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s (PCF) Young Investigator Award in October 2015 and The Urology Foundation’s (TUF) Research Scholarship in April 2016. He was also awarded the TUF medal for best research proposal, which will be presented to him at BAUS in June.

The funding was award to PS so that he can undertake the TRoMbone trial. TRoMbone will study whether patients can be recruited into a trial that compares current standard care for treating oligo-metastatic prostate cancer (currently androgen deprivation therapy (ADT)) plus radical prostatectomy to standard care alone. TRoMbone is a feasibility study with an embedded Qualitative Recruitment Investigation (QRI), which will optimise recruitment methods for the trial. Should this feasibility trial show that recruitment is possible in this cohort of men, a further funding application will be prepared for a larger study to look at treatment effects.

TRoMbone is currently in set-up, with an anticipated start date of the 1st October 2016. More information will be available on the SITU website in due course.