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DNA testing for cancer risk is now available and accessible at BPC

We are offering counselling and DNA testing for genes known to be associated with increased cancer risk. Although DNA testing for cancer risk is well established, until recently it cost thousands of pounds and it took months before results were known. Now a new assessment is available in the UK which makes genetics testing more […]

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Standard tests suggested Tim Jackson need not worry about prostate cancer. But the BPC diagnostic pathway indicated treatment for what turned out to be extensive prostate cancer.

Tim, aged 64, is now fully recovered and competes in Tough Guy events “When I was 50, I ended up in hospital with a urine infection. I’d been working long hours away from home and knew something was wrong, but put off seeing a doctor until the end of the week. It all happened very […]

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Some men face both the debilitating symptoms of an enlarged prostate and concerns about prostate cancer. Robert, aged 69 from Solihull, explains how addressing one problem resolved the other.

“I’ve always been very fit and healthy, having never taken a single day off work. Then in 2012, I started having to need to toilet at night. Of course, it becomes worse over time and by last year, when I was on holiday with my wife in Mallorca, life was dominated by the worry of […]

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Dr Martin Watson travelled from north-east Scotland to the Birmingham Prostate Clinic for treatment. He describes the new model of healthcare that made this possible and why he chose BPC.

“I had been suffering from BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate) for several years. On Boxing Day, I reached a crisis point. I went into acute urinary retention and by the following day, I was taken in an ambulance to A&E. With medication after some weeks, I was able to void again without a […]

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MRI before biopsy for prostate cancer: agreed. But which technology? BPC surgeon Alan Doherty reflects on key developments at the annual conference for urologists.

By Alan Doherty, consultant urologist and founder of the Birmingham Prostate Clinic The annual meeting of the British Association of Urological Surgeons always provides a valuable bellwether for key developments in prostate cancer. I attended this year’s meeting in Liverpool at the end of June and one theme particularly stood out: the use of MRI […]

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BPC surgeon Paul Anderson describes his work in Zambia: treating urethral strictures and building a future service

For a surgeon accustomed to recently built West Midlands hospitals, it was inevitably going to be a dramatically different place for the morning ward round. “I remember seeing patients on mattresses crammed into every available space,” Paul Anderson recalls of his first day in Lusaka, Zambia, southern Africa. “My main memory from that first morning […]

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GreenLight laser surgery is at least as effective as the TURP, concludes NICE in new guidance

We welcome the new NICE guidance which recognises GreenLight laser surgery is at least as effective as the older TURP operation and carries fewer risks and complications. The latest guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is based on detailed analysis of studies of patient outcomes from both types of surgery […]

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We are pleased to publish forthcoming speakers and talk titles for the Prostate Cancer Support Group

The group meets in Solihull on the last Tuesday of each month and is open to all patients and people affected by prostate cancer, regardless of where they are receiving treatment. The speaker programme features consultants and senior nurses from leading teaching hospitals, covering many different aspects of treatment, recovery, common questions and concerns.   […]

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