Spire Ahead Of The Curve in Providing Prostate MRI

The Lancet medical journal has published the results of the PROMIS study this week on Prostate MRI.  This revolutionary study has confirmed the effectiveness of (Multi-Parametric) MP-MRI in assessing the likelihood of prostate cancer before patients have to undergo biopsy, which has been reported in the Telegraph and a number of other newspapers today. The research team led by Mr Henderson, underwent training in MRI with the UCL group as one…

Urolift Now Available at Spire Tunbridge Wells

What is a prostatic urethral lift (Urolift®) procedure? A prostatic urethral lift is a minimally-invasive procedure that can help relieve urination problems caused by an enlarged prostate (also called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). It is performed as a day visit procedure in suitable men and doesn’t usually require a catheter tube to be inserted after surgery. The procedure can be done under local anaesthetic with sedation to keep the…

Prostate Problems and BPH in Kent

What is BPH? BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, is a slowly occurring enlargement of the prostate gland in men. It usually occurs to men over the age of 50. How would I know if I have BPH? Men usually come to see a doctor when they have problems with passing urine. These can include: Slow urinary stream A feeling that the bladder doesn’t finish emptying Frequent need to pass urine…

PROMIS Prostate Cancer Trial Opens In Tunbridge Wells

Recent media coverage has highlighted the work that clinicians including Alastair have been doing on the use of MRI scans to predict the presence of prostate cancer. The Telegraph online describes how MRI is being used to diagnose prostate cancer.  The PROMIS study to look in detail at men who are at risk of prostate cancer recently opened in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.  This study aims to confirm…

My prostate trouble – By RJM

My “Prostate Trouble” started following a routine BUPA Medical, where my PSA was recorded as 5.3 which necessitated a visit to my GP. He explained that the PSA test was not 100% reliable and suggested I come in for a blood test in a few weeks time for further PSA test. This time it was 7.10 and after me telling him my Father had Prostate Cancer he wanted me to…