Tag: Biopsy

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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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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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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Prostate cancer treatment and the kindness of strangers

Robert Sayer discovered he had prostate cancer in the middle of a relocation from the Midlands to Cornwall. He describes how a friend suggested he went to BPC and how Robert and his wife Yvonne received vital support from another couple they had not met before, but who had a shared experience of prostate cancer and wanted to help. […]

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Advanced prostate cancer risk assessment – John

John, aged 61, came to Birmingham Prostate Clinic for a PSA test and prostate cancer symptoms risk assessment. He would traditionally have been given a biopsy, but improved diagnostic technology meant this was not necessary. “I have had a PSA test every three or four years since the age of 52. I believe it is […]

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