signpost iconCurrent research into treatments for prostate cancer

Authors: Macmillan Cancer Support

Bottom Line:

A summary of the current treatments under research for prostate cancer

Publication details:

The following treatments are briefly discussed:

  • Hormone therapy
  • Endothelin blockers
  • Bisphosphonates
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Cryotherapy
  • High frequency ultrasound treatment
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Vaccine therapy

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Reliability comments:

  • Last content update 01 February 2010.
  • Website content is checked by relevant experts
  • The site is certified by The Information Standard and a detailed, evidence-based content development and review policy is spelled out.
  • The content is regularly reviewed.

Usability comments:

  • Information is clearly laid out
  • Some specialist terminology used
  • The search engine has much improved
  • Extensive Help is available.
  • For some reason, the site design does not support the "Visited Link" property, meaning that you can't tell if you've previously visited a page before linking to it.


Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 3
There is a clear description of the editorial policy on the web site. The site content conforms to the Information Standard.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 3
Website content is checked by relevant experts.
Is the page updated regularly? 2
Last content update 01 February 2010.
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 2
The pages some references.
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 3
Lida score 100%
Is the site design clear and transparent? 2
Text contrast is poor in some sections.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 3
Can users find what they need on the site? 3
The search has much improved.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 2
Information is clearly laid out. Some specialist terminology used.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 42
We score each question out of three where:
0 = Never or Can't tell
1 = Sometimes or partly
2 = Mostly
3 = Always

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