Prostate cancer diagnostic pathway
Diagnostic procedures for prostate cancer and a consultation with one of our specialists – all in one day.
Prostate care overview
Early diagnosis is key to treating prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer affects more men in the UK than any other cancer, but with quick diagnosis and tailored treatment there is a very good chance of beating it.
At Cromwell Hospital, our prostate cancer diagnosis pathway starts with an abnormal PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) detection at a GP appointment or health assessment, and takes you through the diagnosis and treatment options.
The diagnostic pathway at Cromwell Hospital is aimed at picking up the signs of prostate cancer as early as possible.
Prostate care tests
Depending on your symptoms, you may need to have:
- blood tests – to measure PSA levels. High levels of PSA can also be caused by other prostate conditions
- a digital rectal examination (DRE) – your doctor will feel the prostate through the wall of the rectum
- mpMRI – this is a special type of MRI scan that identifies whether or not there is any cancer inside your prostate, and how quickly any cancer is likely to grow
- a prostate biopsy – a small sample of tissue is taken using a very fine needle and sent to a lab for testing.
- ultrasound scans – the prostate gland is examined using a small device inserted into the rectum.
Depending on your results, you may also need more further diagnostic scans, including:
What happens if I’m diagnosed with prostate cancer?
If you receive an abnormal biopsy result and are diagnosed with prostate cancer, your case will be discussed at a multidisciplinary team meeting. A multidisciplinary team is comprised of a group of experts from different clinical disciplines. They will discuss your biopsy results and jointly devise a tailored treatment plan.
Treatments for prostate cancer
Depending on how far your prostate cancer has developed and your personal needs, the following treatments may be recommended to you.
- Radical prostatectomy (including robotic-assisted prostatectomy)
- Hormone therapy
- High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)
To find out more about these treatments, please visit our dedicated prostate cancer page.
Here you will find further information about prostate cancer, its symptoms, diagnosis and the treatments available at Cromwell Hospital.
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound of Prostate is a non-surgical procedure that uses high frequency ultrasound to heat and destroy cancer cells in the prostate. To find out more, please visit: High Intensity Focused Ultrasound >
A robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy is an operation, carried out via keyhole surgery, to remove the prostate gland. It is commonly used to treat patients with localized or locally advanced prostate cancer. To find out more, please visit: Prostatectomy >
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