Category: Patient Information

Xgeva for men with metastatic prostate cancer

Is Xgeva available in the UK? Yes – it is licensed for use in the UK. Xgeva is licensed to prevent skeletal-related consequences (rather than as an anti-cancer agent or pain relief). What evidence is there and how does it work? Xgeva (Denosumab) is an antibody that targets a protein involved in cancer-related bone destruction called human […]

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The BPC response to the ban on synthetic (TVT) based slings and vaginal meshes in Scotland

For some time, there have been very serious concerns about whether vaginal slings and meshes constructed from synthetic material are safe. This week there was a significant and unexpected new development when the Scottish Health Minister issued a ban on all synthetic sling and vaginal mesh procedures while further investigations were carried out. Although the […]

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PSA thresholds for prostate cancer risk assessment

The Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme recommends the following thresholds for referring men for suspected prostate cancer. This means any man whose PSA result is higher than the recommended threshold is considered to have an ‘elevated PSA’. Having an elevated PSA does not mean you have prostate cancer, or that you are necessarily at a […]

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Strontium 89 for bones

The Birmingham Prostate Clinic offers Strontium 89, a treatment to help control pain experienced by patients when prostate cancer spreads to their bones. What is it? Strontium 89 is a form of internal radiotherapy and is usually given as an intravenous infusion or IV. This contains Strontium 89 which emits beta particles of radiation. These […]

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Provenge (Sipuleuce-T) for prostate cancer

Provenge is a new treatment option for patients with advanced, metastatic prostate cancer which has become resistant to hormone therapy (also known as castrate resistant). Provenge is the first autologous cellular immunotherapy – this means stimulating the patient’s immune system to target and attack prostate cancer. It is designed to teach the immune system how […]

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Prostate Cancer Treatments – A Comparison

The Birmingham Prostate Clinic is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists in prostate cancer. We are one of the few private clinics offering all of the established prostate cancer treatments. We do not favour any single treatment but offer patients the opportunity to discuss all the appropriate options and choose the treatment best suited […]

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What I should expect after a prostatectomy – Recovery

Patients often ask what should they expect after a prostatectomy – how long will recovery take and how long should they wait before undertaking certain activities. This guide has been written by Birmingham Prostate Clinic to help answer common questions and concerns. It is important to emphasise that every patient is different and your recovery […]

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Stages of prostate cancer risk

The way we assess prostate cancer risk has been transformed by advanced new tests. This means we can build a more accurate picture of your individual prostate cancer risk, but avoid invasive tests such as a biopsy unless absolutely necessary. At BPC, we use clearly graded stages of assessments, so it is clear what tests […]

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