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Mike Clifford came to BPC because of our distinctive diagnostic pathway. This may have saved his life, finding hidden kidney cancer.

Mike Clifford came to BPC because of our distinctive diagnostic pathway. This may have saved his life, finding hidden kidney cancer. “I started having regular PSA monitoring about ten years ago after a slightly raised result. My PSA readings went up gradually and by the time they reached 9.2, I asked my GP for advice. […]

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Theranostics and Prostate Cancer

Theranostics and prostate cancer, by Alan Doherty, consultant urologist and Dan Ford, consultant clinical oncologist, the Birmingham Prostate Clinic. Theranostics You may have heard of a new term in the prostate cancer field: theranostics. The word ‘theranostics’ has been created by combining the terms ‘therapeutic’ and ‘diagnostics’ because the concept behind it is precisely that; […]

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Joanne travelled from the north-west to BPC for TOT mesh removal surgery. Joanne, aged 52, describes her experience.

“I had been struggling with stress incontinence for many years, since giving birth to my two sons. I tried pelvic floor exercises, medication and injections, but none of which were successful, and the stress incontinence just seemed to be deteriorating. Having a mesh sling implant was suggested and described to me as an easy option; […]

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New technologies for overactive bladder treatment. By Mohammed Belal, Consultant Urologist, Birmingham Prostate Clinic

The overactive bladder is a very common problem, affecting an estimated one in eight adults in the UK, particularly during later age. If we think of the bladder as effectively a bag of muscle, an overactive bladder occurs when those muscles contract suddenly without control, even when the bladder is not full. Urge incontinence is […]

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Managing female stress incontinence: considerations since the suspension of vaginal mesh implants, by Mohammed Belal, consultant urologist.

Since the suspension of all procedures to implant vaginal mesh in July 2018, we are often contacted by patients and professionals for advice and help. For some patients, this involves surgery to remove mesh for female stress incontinence because it is causing pain, discomfort and/or urinary problems. I have carried out about 30 of these […]

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Evaluation of metastases-directed therapy for oligometastatic prostate cancer, by Ahmed El-Modir, consultant oncologist, Birmingham Prostate Clinic

In recent years, there have been some very positive developments in the prostate cancer field for men with advanced disease. One of these is a new approach for patients with oligometastatic disease (sometimes also known as early metastatic disease). To start with a definition: oligometastatic disease is the term used when there is some distant […]

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How do you choose between all the different treatments for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), the enlarged prostate? By Alan Doherty, consultant urologist, BPC.

As a clinic offering nearly all the different treatments for BPH, we are in a unique position to observe how patients weigh up the options; what matters to them and how they prioritise the many considerations involved. BPH treatment is a field which has seen very rapid changes in recent years: we introduced GreenLight laser […]

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“What I’ve learnt from my experience is the benefit of getting to a specialist.” Martin Fell describes GreenLight laser surgery for an enlarged prostate.

“I know exactly when it started because we were at a wedding: on April 14, 2018. As is always the case during a wedding, I was eating and drinking more than usual and ended up going back and forth to the toilet frequently. By the end of the evening, I reached the stage where I […]

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