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Launch of our new results system to evaluate all surgery for the enlarged prostate

Birmingham Prostate Clinic has launched a new study to evaluate surgical treatments for the enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH). We already have an established and nationally renowned results system for prostate cancer surgery and now the same principles are being applied to BPH surgery. “There are several different surgical options for the treatment of […]

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BPC launches first private multi-disciplinary team (MDT) as benchmark for the highest standards

The Birmingham Prostate Clinic has launched the region’s first private Multi-Disciplinary (MDT) Team programme. The principle behind an MDT is for medical professionals of different disciplines to formally meet, discuss individual patients and their cancer treatment plan to consider the advantages and disadvantages of that plan. The MDT for the Birmingham Prostate Clinic includes consultant […]

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DNA testing for cancer risk is now available and accessible at BPC

We are offering counselling and DNA testing for genes known to be associated with increased cancer risk. Although DNA testing for cancer risk is well established, until recently it cost thousands of pounds and it took months before results were known. Now a new assessment is available in the UK which makes genetics testing more […]

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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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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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