Tag: PSA

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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Cyberknife Treatment of Prostate Cancer

James Derbyshire* is one of the first patients to have the state-of-the-art Cyberknife treatment in Birmingham. The intensive and extremely accurate technology reduces the number of sessions from 37 to just five. Mr Derbyshire, who is 72, describes his experience. “My prostate cancer was diagnosed purely by chance and persistence. It started with some slightly […]

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My “classic and ideal” prostate cancer treatment

Richard Burdekin is a 70-year-old retired managing director from Shropshire, who worked in the grocery sector. Mr Burdekin had what has been described as the “classic and ideal treatment” for prostate cancer. He explains what happened and the choices he made. “I’ve had an annual medical every year since the age of 40. I am […]

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New type of PET scan for prostate cancer

Peter Davis* was treated for prostate cancer, but subsequently found his PSA was rising. Mr Davis explains why he travelled to Germany for a special type of PET scan developed for men with prostate cancer. Your experience of prostate cancer My father died of prostate cancer in 2000 and my mother told me that her […]

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Birmingham Prostate Clinic response to the new NICE guidelines on prostate cancer treatment

Updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) states men with “intermediate” and “low risk” prostate cancer should consider having regular check-ups (active monitoring) rather than surgery or radiotherapy. We welcome this focus upon the complex question of when and how to treat prostate cancer, particularly the new protocols published on […]

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Choosing between different treatments for prostate cancer?

For men with organ-confined early stage disease, there is a wider range of different treatments for prostate cancer than any other type of cancer. Mr Alan Doherty, consultant urologist at the Birmingham Prostate Clinic, discusses the relative merits and disadvantages of the different types of treatment, answering the questions patients most commonly ask in clinic. […]

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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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