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Prostate Cancer


“For men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer there is tremendous hope that they’ll be able to live out their disease with fewer problems than their fathers or grandfathers did in the past” 
Mr Mark Laniado, Consultant and Prostate Cancer Lead, Wexham Park Hospital, Berkshire
 
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The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It makes most of the semen that carries sperm. The walnut-sized gland is located beneath the bladder and surrounds the upper part of the urethra – the tube that carries urine from the bladder.

Prostate cancer is essentially caused by changes to the DNA of a normal prostate cell which can have roots in our genes or can be caused by exposure to radiation or by a host of other potential causes.

 

 

Definition of Prostate Cancer

 

When cancerous cells develop and grow within the prostate gland, they initially appear as defined lesions. A lesion is part of an organ or tissue that has been damaged by cancer. In early-stage prostate cancer the lesions are confined within the prostate gland and can be treated, often in a way which preserves the gland and its functionality.

Like all cancers, the risk to life from prostate cancer is based on the cancer spreading out of the prostate gland and into lymph nodes, bones, and other vital organs. The best way to prevent this spread is to identify the cancer early.

Symptoms of prostate cancer can include frequent urination, especially at night, blood in urine and/or semen and increases in PSA levels. While these symptoms may indicate other non-life-threatening conditions such as BHP or Prostatitis, it is vital that the possibility of prostate cancer is ruled out.

 

 

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

 

Before the development of new precision technologies, surgeons were often compelled to take a one-size-fits-all approach to diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

A non-precision biopsy is unable to pinpoint cancer to a specific region of the prostate, which can result in the unnecessary removal of the entire prostate gland. Radical treatments, such as removing the prostate gland with surgery, or radiating it, potentially causes problems with bladder control and inability to maintain an erection.

Fortunately, the diagnosis of prostate cancer has been revolutionized with the introduction of MRI scans and precision biopsies which allow for more accurate diagnoses and better, more personalised treatment.

 

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New Technology for Prostate Cancer Treatment in the UK

 

Advances in technology are allowing for a much more precise diagnosis of prostate cancer, which in turn allows for a more personalised treatment plan. This is a major step forwards in preventing potentially unnecessary procedures and ensuring that you have access to much more accurate and appropriate treatment.

For some patients, with early detection of prostate cancer, precision diagnosis will allow them to undergo a form of focal treatment which avoids the need for surgery or radiotherapy. 

Focal Therapy treatment is non-invasive which can preserve the prostate and its function. Our surgeons, using precision diagnostics, will be able to ascertain whether the Focal Therapy option is suitable in your case.

 

Dr Harrison of Maryland, USA, provides a detailed review of his prostate cancer journey and successful treatment with HIFU Focal Therapy in this 8 minute video:

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As a group of consultants we are passionate about prostate cancer sufferers knowing about all of their treatment options.

We know that settling on the right treatment is a big decision for you. If you would like to speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable patient advocates about your diagnosis and the HIFU Focal Therapy treatment option then please do not hesitate to get in touch today.

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