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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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GreenLight laser surgery is at least as effective as the TURP, concludes NICE in new guidance

We welcome the new NICE guidance which recognises GreenLight laser surgery is at least as effective as the older TURP operation and carries fewer risks and complications. The latest guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is based on detailed analysis of studies of patient outcomes from both types of surgery […]

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We are pleased to publish forthcoming speakers and talk titles for the Prostate Cancer Support Group

The group meets in Solihull on the last Tuesday of each month and is open to all patients and people affected by prostate cancer, regardless of where they are receiving treatment. The speaker programme features consultants and senior nurses from leading teaching hospitals, covering many different aspects of treatment, recovery, common questions and concerns.   […]

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Severe incontinence has a devastating impact upon quality of life. One treatment, the artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) is producing excellent results.

BPC patient David Abel, aged 62, describes how having an AUS fitted has changed his life. “I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. We knew the cancer had spread into some lymph nodes and I was warned that if prostate cancer is understood as “tigers” and “pussycats,” I had got the tiger. My PSA […]

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Keith Padbury’s experience of the PCA3 test, a new genetics based assessment of prostate cancer risk

Keith Padbury was one of the first patients to have a PCA3 test, a new genetics based assessment of prostate cancer risk five years ago. He has benefitted from advanced assessments which mean unnecessary biopsies are avoided. Keith describes his own experience and how an elevated PSA result does not inevitably lead to a biopsy […]

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BPC’s Paul Anderson is travelling to Zambia to train local surgeons in urethral stricture treatment

Birmingham Prostate Clinic surgeon is preparing for a trip to Zambia to train local surgeons in the treatment of urethral strictures. Mr Anderson will be travelling to Lusaka in Zambia in April, on behalf of Urolink, an organisation established by the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) to provide support and training to the developing […]

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