Prostate care diagnostic pathway
Diagnostic procedures for prostate cancer and a consultation with one of our specialists – all in one day.
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.
What tests are involved?
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:
- An abnormal PSA is detected at a GP appointment or health assessment.
- You or your GP books an appointment for the prostate care clinic
- You'll have a pre-clinic phone call with our nurse to talk through reasons for referral and let you know what to expect on the day.
- You'll have an initial consultation with a urologist, multi-parametric (mpMRI) MRI/other diagnostic tests and follow-up consultation to discuss your test results. Depending your test results, you may also have a biopsy if results are abnormal. All of this can be done on the same day.
- If your biopsy results are abnormal, you'll be told about treatment options.
All patients with abnormal biopsy results are discussed at a multidisciplinary meeting to decide a tailored treatment plan.
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 discusssed 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.
Diagnostics pathway costs
|Other diagnostics incl. bladder scan, flow rate – if required||£330|
|Follow up consultation||£180|
At the end of stage 1, your consultant will be able to tell you if you need a biopsy or not.
|Transperineal biopsy – if required||£4,295|
Why choose us?
Our prostate care diagnostic pathway offers:
- seamless transition from a GP appointment (if abnormal PSA detected) to diagnosis and treatment
- leading consultant urologists to guide you through each step of the process
- speed and accuracy of diagnosis
- expert multidisciplinary cancer care on-site in the event of a cancer diagnosis
- different payments options – this service is available to everyone, whether using health insurance or paying for yourself
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