Category: Consultants’ blog

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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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 every patient should know: there are TWO, not one prostate cancer operations

By Alan Doherty, consultant urologist, BPC In almost everything I read about prostate cancer, the discussion is about the operation for cancer of the prostate, medically termed the radical prostatectomy. In other words, a single, all encompassing operation for prostate cancer. This is wholly different to the discussions I have with my patients. In these […]

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BPC surgeon Paul Anderson’s work with injured servicemen is featured in prestigious national magazine

The work of BPC urological surgeon Paul Anderson is highlighted in a major national magazine feature exploring the “last taboo” for injured soldiers. Mr Anderson is part of a team of highly skilled specialists treating servicemen at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital who were injured during intense conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq. A major feature in […]

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Understanding and choosing between the different treatments for the enlarged prostate (BPH) 

By Alan Doherty Until quite recently, men seeking treatment for BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) had just two options: medication or the TURP procedure. This was a stark choice; medication is not always effective, particularly over time and can cause troublesome side-effects. The TURP (trans-urethral resection of the prostate) has serious potential complications, common side-effects and […]

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UroLift for BPH and other new horizons for treatment of benign prostatic enlargement

By Maya Harris, consultant urologist BPC Traditionally, only TURP with its significant side-effects was available for men who suffer from symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).  GreenLight Laser prostatectomy, introduced by the Birmingham Prostate Clinic in 2007, was the first minimally-invasive option for BPH.  Recently, more procedures have appeared on horizon. I am a […]

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