Tag: PSA

Rugby coach Kevin Beales was just 45 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He talks about family history of the disease and the benefits of early treatment

“There is a strong history of prostate cancer in our family. My grandfather had it and my father has been treated for prostate cancer by Mr Doherty at the Birmingham Prostate Clinic. Considering our family history, my father encouraged myself and my brother to have a PSA test. My brother went along to his GP […]

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Standard tests suggested Tim Jackson need not worry about prostate cancer. But the BPC diagnostic pathway indicated treatment for what turned out to be extensive prostate cancer.

Tim, aged 64, is now fully recovered and competes in Tough Guy events “When I was 50, I ended up in hospital with a urine infection. I’d been working long hours away from home and knew something was wrong, but put off seeing a doctor until the end of the week. It all happened very […]

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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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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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GP Questions: Raised PSA and Prostate Cancer

The main question for GPs: raised PSA and prostate cancer By Alan Doherty, consultant urologist, Birmingham Prostate Clinic I am pleased to have another opportunity to meet GPs for an educational event on November 17. I attend these events as often as possible, because we need effective connections between the GP surgery and hospital. Meeting […]

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