Tag: Prostate Cancer

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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Some men face both the debilitating symptoms of an enlarged prostate and concerns about prostate cancer. Robert, aged 69 from Solihull, explains how addressing one problem resolved the other.

“I’ve always been very fit and healthy, having never taken a single day off work. Then in 2012, I started having to need to toilet at night. Of course, it becomes worse over time and by last year, when I was on holiday with my wife in Mallorca, life was dominated by the worry of […]

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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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Not too young for prostate cancer. Richard Rollings describes his experience of developing prostate cancer in his forties.

When Richard Rollings had an elevated PSA result in his forties, he was initially told he was too young to get prostate cancer. Yet further tests revealed he did have the disease and five years later, Richard speaks about the need for prompt action and early diagnosis. “I noticed something wasn’t right: I’d get the […]

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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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How reliable is the PCA3 test for prostate cancer?

How reliable is the PCA3 test for prostate cancer? What we have learnt from undertaking 688 tests By Alan Doherty Back in 2007, we were one of the first clinics in the UK to introduce a new type of test for prostate cancer. This test was based on the discovery that very high levels of […]

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