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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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Advice for women considering vaginal slings and our position on concerns about TVT mesh implants

By Mohammed Belal, consultant urologist specialising in bladder conditions, BPC The use of vaginal slings is a long-established approach for treating stress incontinence in women. The principle is simple: the sling is fitted like a ‘hammock’ under the urethra to provide support. When there is pressure, such as during a cough, sneeze or exercise, the […]

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Standard tests suggested Tim Jackson need not worry about prostate cancer. But the BPC diagnostic pathway indicated treatment for what turned out to be extensive prostate cancer.

Tim, aged 64, is now fully recovered and competes in Tough Guy events “When I was 50, I ended up in hospital with a urine infection. I’d been working long hours away from home and knew something was wrong, but put off seeing a doctor until the end of the week. It all happened very […]

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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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