Worried you might have Prostate Cancer?
At the Kingsbridge Prostate Clinic in Belfast, we offer a fast and streamlined service from GP referral right through to Oncology treatment.
Our dedicated medical professionals will be with you every step of the way, making sure you are on the right path to getting the help you need.
When to see a GP?
It is advised that you should reach out and get checked if you have noticed any of the following symptoms:
- needing to pee more frequently, often during the night
- needing to rush to the toilet
- difficulty in starting to pee (hesitancy)
- straining or taking a long time while peeing
- weak flow
- feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully
- blood in urine or semen
However, most men with early prostate cancer don't have any symptoms so it is important to know if you are at risk:
- Age - If you are over 50 years
- Family History - If you have a father or brother who has been diagnosed you are 2 and a half more times likely to get prostate cancer
- Ethinicity - If you are a black man, you're risk may increase once you're over 45
‘Any man over 50 should consider having an annual PSA test, regardless of symptoms or other risk factors, this is based on the largest European screening study performed that demonstrates a 20% reduction in mortality.’ - Professor Suneil Jain, Consultant Oncologist
At Kingsbridge Private Hospital, our Enhanced Private GP service offers immediate access to a Prostate Screening test (PSA test) from £60 with results witin 48 hours and a direct referral to Urology and Oncology services if required.
To book a Prostate Screening Test, please contact us on 028 9066 7878
Once referred, our Urology specialists will be able to consult on any male or female problems you may have relating to the kidneys, bladder, male genitalia or prostate gland.
In some cases, our consultants will recommend non-invasive treatment such as prescriptions or adjustments to your lifestyle. However, some patients will require further investigation or surgery depending on the diagnosis.
Kingsbridge Prostate Clinic can facilitate all urological procedures including:
- Transperineal guided biopsy of the Prostate
- Ultrasound guided biopsy of the Prostate (TRUS)
- Cystoscopy (small camera in the bladder)
- Bladder biopsy
- TURP (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate)
- Urolift (minimally invasive treatment for BNP - enlarged prostate.
We can also undertake all forms of intra ferotal surgery.
If there is a concern, a biopsy will be required. This involves taking a sample piece of tissue in order to examine the area more closely. Blood tests or MRI, CT or X-Ray scans may also be necessary.
If there is an abnormality and the biopsy results come back positive for Prostate Cancer, you will be referred onto our specialist oncology service. You will be advised of the choices of treatment available to you and you will be given time to think over your options.
Our patient advisor time will follow up with you and if you decide to proceed, you can be seen within the week.
Following this pathway will give you piece of mind and rapid access to our Oncology service if required.
Oncology Treatment (Coming Soon)
Kingsbridge Prostate Clinic is delighted to be able to offer Low Dose Radiation (LDR) Brachytherapy, a revolutionary prostate cancer treatment.
Brachytherapy ‘from the inside out’
LDR Brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy used to treat cancer. It places radioactive sources inside the patient to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.
Also known as ‘seed therapy’, it involves the precise and permanent implantation of radioactive ‘seeds’ into the prostate using specially designed needles. These needles will then be removed and the seeds left behind.
- Demonstrated efficacy
- Precision - Radiation dose is delivered directly to target tumour area
- Lowest risk of erectile dysfunction
- Minimally invasive
- Short recovery time
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure is carried out in two steps:
- A prostate volume study that will take 10 minutes.
- 2 - 4 weeks later, a brachytherapy implant under anaesthetic that will take 30 minutes.
Who is suitable for Brachytherapy?
Depending on the size of your prostate gland, your health and your urinary symptoms the urologist may refer you to our oncologists to determine if brachytherapy is a good treatment option. If you are not suitable for this treatment, you will be advised on other options available and referred in the right direction.
Optional treatment prior to radiotherapy & brachytherapy
SpaceOAR Hydrogel has been designed to help reduce the radiation dose delivered to the rectum during prostate cancer radiation treatments by providing space between the rectum and the prostate.
SpaceOar Hydrogel has been clinically shown to protect the quality of life of the patient by minimizing urinary, sexual and bowel side effects
Is it safe?
SpaceOAR Hydrogel intends to temporarily position the anterior rectal wall away from the prostate during radiotherapy for prostate cancer, reducing the radiation dose delivered to the anterior rectum.
The SpaceOAR Hydrogel is composed of biodegradable material and maintains space for the entire course of prostate radiotherapy treatment and is completely absorbed by the patient’s body over time.
What are the risks?
As with any medical treatment, there are some risks involved with the use of SpaceOAR Hydrogel. These will be discussed at your consultation before you make any decisions.
If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.
Alternatively, email Kingsbridge Private Hospital