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Prostate cancer in a Covid world

By Alan Doherty, consultant urologist, the Birmingham Prostate Clinic As Covid-19 changes our lives in every conceivable way, inevitably, in the field of prostate cancer, we are working through significant change. We are becoming a little more adept with the technicalities of zoom and accustomed to consulting without being able to physically see and examine […]

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Ian Sargeant, 61, recalls some advice he received twenty years ago which brought him from North Yorkshire to the Birmingham Prostate Clinic for enlarged prostate treatment.

“I would have been around my late thirties and having lunch with some guys, when I was given some advice which has always stayed with me. An older work colleague in our group had just had a procedure called a TURP and he said to us: if you are ever in my position, make sure […]

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Jim Coulter travelled from Glasgow to the Birmingham Prostate Clinic to have GreenLight laser for an enlarged prostate. The 59-year-old describes his experience.

“The problem had been there for five or six years. I took medication, but I was still feeling very uncomfortable in my bladder almost all the time. My difficulty was stop and start and poor flow, rather than frequency or urgency. It made it very challenging whenever I was out and needed to go to […]

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“We knew we were in safe hands.” Gordon and Lorraine Allbutt describe their experience of bladder cancer treatment at BPC.

“Last year was a really bad year for Gordon. It started with a nasty case of shingles, then there were generally difficulties which were difficult to pin-point: he felt unsteady on his feet, not very ‘with it’. Gordon was referred to our local hospital in Dudley for what the consultant described as a ‘full service’. […]

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What is it like to have a video consultation?

By Maya Harris, consultant urologist, the Birmingham Prostate Clinic As a nation, we are all bracing ourselves during the current lockdown due to COVID-19 emergency.  In this difficult time, every trip to outside is a risky business, especially for those aged 70 and above people who have underlying conditions. However, life does not stop, and […]

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GB runner Nigel Watson had prostate cancer treatment at BPC one year ago and is planning a series of fund-raising runs once Covid restrictions are lifted.

Update 15/04/2020: Due to the Coronavirus crisis, Nigel is currently training at home within the Government guidelines for allowed exercise. All endurance events have been cancelled due to the risks around the virus. “I was competing in an IronMan triathlon in Wales in October 2018 when I was suddenly taken ill. It turned out to […]

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Colin Turner chose treatment at BPC by carrying out his own online research from his home in Portugal. Mr Turner, a retired RAF and airline pilot, explains why.

“I was aware of having some increasing problems with frequency, but this was close to the time when my wife died in a car accident; I wasn’t able to do anything about it for a while. Once I saw a doctor locally, I found my prostate was enlarged and my PSA was 6.8.  The doctor […]

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