Author: Chris Barker

Robotic surgery – the future for prostatectomy ?

Since the start of 2014, I have been carrying out prostatectomies using the robotic da Vinci system at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Robot-assisted surgery is the norm in America and in the UK, where a growing number of hospitals are investing in the da Vinci, many see it as the future and “gold standard”. My […]

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The Questions For Your Consultant Urologist

Treatment for prostate cancer is one of the most rapidly developing areas in medicine, providing men with a wide and sometimes confusing range of treatment options. While our scientific understanding of the disease is marching forward, the culture of the doctor/patient relationship in the UK is changing more slowly. Some patients remain reluctant to ask […]

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New type of PET scan for prostate cancer

Peter Davis* was treated for prostate cancer, but subsequently found his PSA was rising. Mr Davis explains why he travelled to Germany for a special type of PET scan developed for men with prostate cancer. Your experience of prostate cancer My father died of prostate cancer in 2000 and my mother told me that her […]

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Birmingham Prostate Clinic response to the new NICE guidelines on prostate cancer treatment

Updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) states men with “intermediate” and “low risk” prostate cancer should consider having regular check-ups (active monitoring) rather than surgery or radiotherapy. We welcome this focus upon the complex question of when and how to treat prostate cancer, particularly the new protocols published on […]

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BPC consultant continues to spearhead the drive for audit and transparent results

BPC consultant Alan Doherty is continuing to spearhead the drive for improving the way doctors record, audit and reflect on the outcomes of their treatment. In his NHS post, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, he has introduced a new system for scrutinising results, bringing together professionals from different disciplines. “We know that the […]

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Choosing between different treatments for prostate cancer?

For men with organ-confined early stage disease, there is a wider range of different treatments for prostate cancer than any other type of cancer. Mr Alan Doherty, consultant urologist at the Birmingham Prostate Clinic, discusses the relative merits and disadvantages of the different types of treatment, answering the questions patients most commonly ask in clinic. […]

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Prostatectomy surgery testimonial – Stewart Roswell

Stewart Roswell from Kenilworth explains why he chose a nerve-sparing prostatectomy after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004. “When you are diagnosed with cancer, it is a huge shock – your whole world collapses. I remember sitting in the car park at Warwick Hospital feeling devastated. “My doctor recommended Mr Doherty and I found […]

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Male sling testimonial – Andrew Richards*

Andrew Richards* describes his experience of prostate cancer, the incontinence he developed after treatment and subsequently having a male sling fitted Diagnosis For a number of years I had been having an annual PSA test always at my instigation rather than my GP’s. A lot of doctors actively discourage the use of this test because […]

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