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We have carried out MRI scans before biopsy for the past four years. Now a major study shows this is twice as effective in identifying prostate cancer and should be adopted as standard practice in the UK

By Alan Doherty, consultant urologist, BPC It has been hailed as a game changer which is the biggest leap forward in prostate cancer diagnosis for decades. Such is the significance of the major trial, published today in The Lancet ,  which shows a multi-parametric MRI scan is twice as accurate in prostate cancer detection, compared […]

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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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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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