Author: Chris Barker

Xgeva for men with metastatic prostate cancer

Is Xgeva available in the UK? Yes – it is licensed for use in the UK. Xgeva is licensed to prevent skeletal-related consequences (rather than as an anti-cancer agent or pain relief). What evidence is there and how does it work? Xgeva (Denosumab) is an antibody that targets a protein involved in cancer-related bone destruction called human […]

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Cyberknife Treatment of Prostate Cancer

James Derbyshire* is one of the first patients to have the state-of-the-art Cyberknife treatment in Birmingham. The intensive and extremely accurate technology reduces the number of sessions from 37 to just five. Mr Derbyshire, who is 72, describes his experience. “My prostate cancer was diagnosed purely by chance and persistence. It started with some slightly […]

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My “classic and ideal” prostate cancer treatment

Richard Burdekin is a 70-year-old retired managing director from Shropshire, who worked in the grocery sector. Mr Burdekin had what has been described as the “classic and ideal treatment” for prostate cancer. He explains what happened and the choices he made. “I’ve had an annual medical every year since the age of 40. I am […]

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BPC urges other men to have their PSA checked

Christopher Hughes is a 68-year-old retired businessman from Rugby, Warwickshire. A chance PSA test would turn out to be life-saving. Identifying prostate cancer and as importantly, choosing the right treatment at the right time, would turn out to be life-saving and has allowed Mr Hughes and his wife to continue with their great love of […]

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BPC consultant Paul Anderson wins prestigious military award

BPC consultant Paul Anderson and his team were given a prestigious award by the Surgeon General of the Army in recognition of their work with injured soldiers. Mr Anderson is a key member of the Military Genitourinary Working Group treating soldiers with severe injuries, usually from bomb blasts. The team was awarded the Military and […]

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What is the new UroLift for benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Earlier this year, a new approach to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) received approval for use in the NHS. The new approach is called UroLift and is designed to alleviate the symptoms of BPH without cutting or vaporising the surplus prostate tissue. To understand this new treatment, we need to start by looking at what happens […]

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How to choose between different types of prostate cancer surgery?

I frequently see patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, have decided on surgery, but are struggling with the choice of different types of surgery. Increasingly, there can be a choice, especially if patients seek opinions from two or three different urologists (which we certainly support). A common scenario might be: the patient sees […]

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High profile, regular appearances in this series of Embarrassing Bodies for BPC consultant Paul Anderson

BPC’s Paul Anderson, nationally recognised for his expertise in genito-urethral reconstruction, will be regularly featured in this series of Channel4’s Embarrassing Bodies. Mr Anderson has been acknowledged in reviews as the star of the Channel Four hit series and will feature throughout series eight, now screening. The BPC specialist, who is based at West Midlands […]

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