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By Alan Doherty, consultant urologist, the Birmingham Prostate Clinic As Covid-19 changes our lives in every conceivable way, inevitably, in the field of prostate cancer, we are working through significant change. We are becoming a little more adept with the technicalities of zoom and accustomed to consulting without being able to physically see and examine […]. .
“I would have been around my late thirties and having lunch with some guys, when I was given some advice which has always stayed with me. An older work colleague in our group had just had a procedure called a TURP and he said to us: if you are ever in my position, make sure […]. .
“The problem had been there for five or six years. I took medication, but I was still feeling very uncomfortable in my bladder almost all the time. My difficulty was stop and start and poor flow, rather than frequency or urgency. It made it very challenging whenever I was out and needed to go to […]. .
“Last year was a really bad year for Gordon. It started with a nasty case of shingles, then there were generally difficulties which were difficult to pin-point: he felt unsteady on his feet, not very ‘with it’. Gordon was referred to our local hospital in Dudley for what the consultant described as a ‘full service’. […]. .
“I was competing in an IronMan triathlon in Wales in October 2018 when I was suddenly taken ill. It turned out to be a viral chest infection, but the paramedics suggested I visited my GP for some blood tests as a general check-up; that was how I ended up having a PSA test. My test was […]. .
“I was aware of having some increasing problems with frequency, but this was close to the time when my wife died in a car accident; I wasn’t able to do anything about it for a while. Once I saw a doctor locally, I found my prostate was enlarged and my PSA was 6.8. The doctor […]. .
“When I first saw Mr Doherty, he did a full review of my notes and history. He pointed to a page dated 2013 and said: ‘You should have had surgery at this stage.’ Instead, what happened was six years of increasing pain and infection culminating in being stuck with a catheter for 11 months. Like […]. .
What are the latest advances in radiotherapy? Consultant Clinical Oncologist Dan Ford assesses key news from the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Meeting 2019. What was the major talking point? The recent meeting of ASTRO in Chicago acknowledged and showcased the recent advances in the field of radiotherapy and other areas of disease […]. .
Birmingham Prostate Clinic patients have received SpaceOAR® Hydrogel implants, the first innovation in a new partnership created to deliver advanced treatment and care. SpaceOAR® Hydrogel is a water-based soft gel implant which has been clinically proven to reduce the side-effects of radiotherapy. It works by creating space between the prostate gland and the surrounding area […]. .
“I was at the gym one Sunday and just happened to pick up an article in the Daily Mail about the top ten prostate surgeons in the UK. I took the article home and read all the descriptions of the top ten surgeons in detail. There was something about Alan Doherty that really impressed me. […]. .
Cancer patients in the Midlands are set to benefit from a new collaboration between specialist prostate treatment group Birmingham Prostate Clinic (BPC), and the UK’s largest cancer care provider, GenesisCare. BPC will become part of GenesisCare, in a move to increase patient access to GenesisCare’s leading prostate cancer therapies, including advanced diagnostics and a ground-breaking, […]. .
Rezum is a major new treatment for the enlarged prostate. A BPC patient explains why he chose Rezum and the “life-changing” improvement it achieved. I wasn’t someone who needed to get up for the toilet several times at night. What happened to me occurred very quickly in a matter of months: I became unable to […]. .
Theranostics You may have heard of a new term in the prostate cancer field: theranostics. The word ‘theranostics’ has been created by combining the terms ‘therapeutic’ and ‘diagnostics’ because the concept behind it is precisely that; the merger of diagnostics and drug therapy to personalise medicine. Of course, you would be right in thinking there […]. .
“I had been struggling with stress incontinence for many years, since giving birth to my two sons. I tried pelvic floor exercises, medication and injections, but none of which were successful, and the stress incontinence just seemed to be deteriorating. Having a mesh sling implant was suggested and described to me as an easy option; […]. .
The overactive bladder is a very common problem, affecting an estimated one in eight adults in the UK, particularly during later age. If we think of the bladder as effectively a bag of muscle, an overactive bladder occurs when those muscles contract suddenly without control, even when the bladder is not full. Urge incontinence is […]. .

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