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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men. One in eight men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime and 47,000 men are diagnosed with the disease in the UK every year.
Effective diagnosis and management by a specialist team can help identify the disease so that the symptoms can be controlled, the condition can be monitored and all necessary treatments can be carried out swiftly and sensitively.
Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. At this difficult time, The London Clinic can offer expert treatment, sensitive support and a comfortable, stress-free environment in which to recover.
What is prostate cancer?
The prostate is a walnut sized gland, positioned at the base of the bladder in men. Prostate cancer develops when cells in the gland become abnormal and proliferate.
In the early stages, the cancer often grows slowly with few symptoms. In many men, the disease continues in this way. However, some cancers are more aggressive and likely to spread. These tumours need treatment to relieve symptoms and prevent the cancer spreading beyond the prostate and to other parts of the body.
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Who is at risk of prostate cancer?
The risk of getting cancer is linked to age, genetic background and lifestyle. All men could develop prostate cancer, but some people are more at risk:
- Age: Prostate cancer usually affects men over 50 and the risk increases with age.
- Family history: Men with prostate or breast cancer in close family members have an increased risk of the disease.
- Ethnicity: Prostate cancer is more common in black Caribbean and African men.
- Obesity: Men with a high BMI are more vulnerable to prostate cancer.
Despite these risks, men of all ages, backgrounds and sizes can get prostate cancer. If you have noticed any concerning symptoms, it’s important to seek medical assessment and advice.
Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer
In the early stages, there may be no symptoms at all, but as the tumour grows it can affect the ability to pass urine. Look out for:
- Problems passing urine including difficulty starting the urine flow.
- A weak stream and dribbling after going to the toilet.
- Passing urine more frequently.
- Getting up at night to go to pass urine.
- An urgent need to pass urine.
- Incontinence and leakage of urine.
- The feeling that you’re not fully emptying your bladder.
If the cancer spreads outside the prostate, there may be further symptoms, including:
- Blood in the urine or semen.
- Problems getting an erection.
- Weight loss.
- Pain in the bones.
Many men think these symptoms are part of getting older. They’re not. They could be signs of less serious conditions, but it’s better to have a check-up to exclude prostate cancer and get the treatment you need.
Prostate cancer specialists at the London Clinic
Prostate cancer treatment is an area in which the London Clinic excels, our priority is to provide our patients with support, comfort and access to the best cancer care.
A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. Our specialists work with multi-disciplinary teams to maintain your physical health and your emotional wellbeing. They are dedicated to supporting you and your family, every step of the way.
Your treatment is planned at a multidisciplinary meeting. Counselling, complementary therapy, and an extensive physiotherapy service is available at The London Clinic.
Investigations and tests at the London Clinic
The London Clinic offers a range of tests to detect prostate cancer in an efficient and comfortable environment. If you have any symptoms or wish to have a screening blood test or examination, contact us to make an appointment.
Our urologists can usually diagnose cancers by examining you and testing your blood, this may be followed by a scan and biopsy if there are any indications of prostate disease.
- Blood test for Prostate Specific Antigen: PSA is a protein secreted by the prostate gland. It is elevated in all forms of prostate disease.
- MRI scan: The London Clinic has a state-of-the-art imaging department with experts to perform the tests and interpret the results.
- Prostate biopsy: Tissue is taken from the prostate gland using a fine needle. The London Clinic’s pathologists will then check for cancer cells.
Treatments for prostate cancer at the London Clinic
The best treatment for your prostate cancer will depend on the size and stage of the cancer and your age. Your consultant may order some tests to gather more information. They will then develop a customised programme of treatment, always considering your opinions and your general health.
- Observation and monitoring: In some men, small, early cancers can be watched carefully without affecting survival or quality of life.
In patients where the disease is more aggressive and still within the prostate there are a number of options available. These include:
- Radical prostatectomy: Surgery can remove the prostate and the cancer cells within the gland. The London Clinic was the first private hospital in the UK to offer cutting-edge robotic surgery. This is a form of keyhole surgery which enables our surgeons to operate on the prostate with greater accuracy and fewer complications.
- External beam radiotherapy: High-energy X-ray radiation is directed at the prostate gland. This destroys the cells and stops them from spreading and growing.
- Hormone therapy: The male hormone testosterone drives the growth of prostate cancer cells. If its action is blocked, the cancer will usually get smaller. It won’t cure the condition but it can be effective when used with other treatments.
- Permanent seed brachytherapy: Tiny radioactive seeds are placed into the prostate gland. These stay there for a number of months, giving off a steady, lose-dose of radiotherapy that kills cancer cells.
- The London Clinic also offers new focal treatments including high-intensity focused ultrasound and cryotherapy.
If the cancer has spread outside the prostate gland, a combination of treatments can be used to control symptoms, slow down the growth and spread of the cancer and maintain quality of life. These include:
- Hormone therapy: Blocking the action of testosterone, or reducing testosterone in the body can shrink tumours and slow cancer growth. Innovative new drugs Abiraterone and Enzalutamide can help control hormones, reduce symptoms and improve survival in men who are not responding to treatment.
- Chemotherapy: Different combinations of chemotherapy can be given by mouth or intravenous injection. These prevent the remaining cancer cells dividing and spreading.
Why choose The London Clinic?
The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.
Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.
Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families
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