The prostate is a small gland in men. It helps men to produce semen.
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We are the regional centre for prostate cancer care in Merseyside. We provide quick diagnosis and expert treatment using the latest techniques.
If you come to the Urology Centre at Broadgreen Hospital you can expect:
Prostate Cancer diagnosis
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It's responsible for 25% of newly diagnosed cases of cancer in England and Wales. Prostate cancer symptoms include:
Having these symptoms does not mean you have prostate cancer. However, you should visit your GP who should perform a blood test and a rectal examination to investigate further. If anything unusual is spotted, you’ll be referred to the hospital to see one of our prostate cancer experts. We will see you within two weeks for a clinic appointment.
We will repeat the blood test and the rectal examination at the clinic to see if anything has changed. You will then be given an appointment date for the following tests:
Rectal ultrasound and biopsy: this uses sound waves to make a picture of the prostate gland. This helps the doctor take a sample of cells from the entire gland. These are then examined under a microscope to determine if a cancer is present.
Your appointment at the clinic will take up to an hour. The biopsy will be performed a week later. You will get a further appointment one to two weeks later to discuss the results and decide if further scans are needed.
Further tests will be given if prostate cancer is discovered. This is to see if the cancer has spread. Tests include:
Your test results are discussed at the weekly multi-disciplinary team meeting (MDT). They decide the best treatment path if cancer is discovered. You will be consulted fully so that you play a role in whatever treatment you receive
Treatment starts as soon as possible after the cancer is discovered. You will be assigned a specialist nurse who stays with you every step of your treatment journey. The nurse is your key-worker and is available to answer any questions you or your family may have.
There are many different treatments at the hospital. Your treatment depends on many factors. One of the most important is how far the cancer has spread in your body. Prostate cancer can be in four different stages. To find out more about this visit the CancerHelp website.
Treatments at the hospital include:
Clinical trials: we aim to have a trial option open to patients at each step of the treatment path
The MDT is a group of cancer experts including:
Contact Details for the Cancer Team : 0151 706 2000