PROSTABLOG NZ: A leading NZ scientist has discovered a novel compound he believes will suppress the prostate cancer that is killing him.
Dr James Watson (right) – a former professor at the University of California, now back in NZ – discovered too late he has advanced cancer, so has embarked (with a fellow Kiwi scientist, who also has advanced prostate cancer) on a research project to stop his deadly disease.
He believes he has identified a treatment that will stimulate his immune system to fight the cancer, which has spread beyond his prostate.
He has decided to test the compound on himself, with the assistance of another eminent Auckland medical specialist.
His quest is driven partly by the altruism of finding a viable treatment for all men whose prostate cancer moves to a stage that defies treatment, and partly by his anger at not being diagnosed early when the disease could have been treated easily.
He saw several GPs before one offered him a PSA test, by which time his level was a lethal 987.
He and colleague Dr Richard Forster, an expert on immunology and plant biology, have set up a company to develop their discoveries.
They revealed their progress at the annual conference of the NZ Prostate Cancer Foundation in Napier.