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.
Further information on the patient pathways and treatments offered is available at specialist Kingsbridge Prostate Clinic website.
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 fill out our Online Enquiry Form or contact us on 028 9066 7878
If you are a GP and would like to refer your patient, please fill out our Refer a Patient Form
Once referred, our Urology specialists will be able to consult on any problems you may have relating to the kidneys, bladder, male genitalia or prostate gland.
Blood tests or Imaging (MRI, CT, Ultrasound or X-Ray) scans may also be necessary. If there is an ongoing concern about potential prostate cancer, a biopsy may be required. This involves sampling prostatic tissue.
If the biopsy results confirm Prostate Cancer, a referral onto our specialist prostate cancer treatment service will be organised.
Choices of treatment available and appropriate to the individual patient will be discussed.
After a period of reflection on the options available, our patient advisor will then follow up with you. If you decide to proceed with treatment at Kingsbridge, at this stage a further review will be organised within a week.
Following this pathway will give you peace of mind and rapid access to our Oncology service if required.
Our urologists can also explore bothersome urinary symptoms in both men and women. These can include storage symptoms (running more often or leakage or urine) and voiding symptoms (including poor flow and poor bladder emptying)
In some cases, our consultants will recommend non-invasive treatment such as prescriptions or adjustments to the patient’s lifestyle. However, some patients will require further investigation or surgery depending on the diagnosis.
Kingsbridge Prostate Clinic can facilitate other urological investigations & procedures including:
- Transperineal guided biopsymof the prostate
- Ultrasound guided biopsy of prostate (TRUS)
- Cystoscopy (flexible/local or general anaesthetic, small camera in the bladder)
- Bladder biopsy if required
- TURP (Transurethral resection of the prostate)
- Urolift (minimally invasive treatment for Benign Prostatic Enlargement)
- Penile procedures (incl. circumcision)
- Scrotal procedures (incl. vasectomy and hydrocoele repair)
Oncology Treatment (Brachytherapy 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 pre-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