Category: Consultants’ blog

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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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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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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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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