Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. For most men, it develops very slowly so will remain undetected for a long time.

Because prostate cancer develops so slowly, this may mean that no treatment is ever needed. For a small minority of men, treatment may be needed to stop the spread.

The prostate is a gland that helps make semen which is the fluid that carries sperm. Uncontrollable cell growth in the prostate may cause cancer.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

The main symptoms of prostate cancer are urinary problems. These symptoms are usually not a sign of cancer but should be investigated to rule out cancer or other conditions such as an enlarged prostate.

This image shows a normal kidney vs a kidney with a stone in the ureter. The stone is blocking the flow of urine. 

Symptoms include…

  • Needing to urinate more urgently or more frequently
  • More frequent night urination (nocturia)
  • Finding it difficult to start urinating
  • Straining or taking a long time while urinating
  • Weak flow
  • Feeling like you haven’t completed emptied your bladder
  • Blood in urine and semen

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you diagnose prostate cancer?

Diagnostic scans and tests may include:

  • Physical examination of your prostate
  • Urine test
  • PSA testing which is testing the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood
  • MRI Scan of the prostate
  • Biopsy

What is the treatment for prostate cancer?

Depending on a combination of things such as your general health and if your cancer is localised, Mr Penev may recommend that you have a laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. This is keyhole surgery to remove your prostate. Four or five incisions are made in your abdomen and a camera is carefully placed through one of these incisions. Mr Penev then looks at a screen and removes your prostate through one of the small incisions.

What is the recovery time and aftercare for a Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy?

You will spend 1-2 days in hospital and will have a catheter for roughly 1-3 weeks. Mr Penev will have a follow up appointment with you after your procedure to discuss your recovery and to check your PSA levels. If the cancer is gone, these levels will be undetectable in your blood. You can expect to return to normal activities within 4-12 weeks. Mr Penev will answer any questions you may have regarding your sex life and fertility.

Why choose Mr Penev for prostate cancer treatment?

Mr Penev is a highly experienced Consultant Urologist. He diagnoses and treats hundreds of men each year  for both benign conditions and prostate cancer. He will work closely with an oncologist to ensure you have the best treatment and aftercare.

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