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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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UroLift for BPH and other new horizons for treatment of benign prostatic enlargement

By Maya Harris, consultant urologist BPC Traditionally, only TURP with its significant side-effects was available for men who suffer from symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).  GreenLight Laser prostatectomy, introduced by the Birmingham Prostate Clinic in 2007, was the first minimally-invasive option for BPH.  Recently, more procedures have appeared on horizon. I am a […]

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Derek Aucott had GreenLight laser surgery for BPH at the age of 86. He experienced no pain and had a 100 per cent improvement. Mr Aucott from Leicestershire explains why age must be no barrier to high quality treatment

“When I had my first hospital assessment for a suspected enlarged prostate, I was getting up to go to the toilet five or six times a night. At my local hospital, I was seen by a nurse, had a physical examination and was simply told it was very common for men of my age. I […]

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Roy Grundy is one of several BPC patients who have travelled to Germany for an ultra-sensitive PSMA based PET scan. He describes his experience and seven year prostate cancer journey.

“When I turned 70, I had a health MOT at my GP surgery. I was given a clean bill of health but I told my doctor I was feeling groggy and tired. He said – there is one more test to do; let’s carry out a PSA test (prostate specific antigen). At the time, it […]

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No more false dawns: how fusion biopsies and new diagnostic pathways are ending the uncertainty of ‘false negatives’

The most significant developments in my field recently have not been in how we treat prostate cancer, but what we do beforehand, to assess and understand the disease. Six years ago, like all UK urologists, the prostate biopsy I commonly used was the TRUS (transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy). It involves inserting 12 needles through the rectum […]

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