Who's the best surgeon for your prostate cancer
Men in Britain are not routinely screened for prostate cancer, partly because the technique for doing this, the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test, which measures the protein produced by the prostate, is unreliable.
Some men with prostate cancer don’t have a raised PSA level, and two-thirds of men with a raised PSA don’t have prostate cancer — just an infection or an enlarged prostate, which comes with ageing.
Prostate cancers are slow growing, and the lack of scientific consensus in this field means it can be difficult for surgeons to decide whether to operate or simply regularly monitor the patient until it grows.
'REMOTE' SURGERY TURNING POINT
Kidney operations performed by robots give better results than surgeon's hand, says study
A PIONEERING study by British doctors has revealed that a robot is better than a human surgeon at carrying out a complex kidney operation - even when the robot is controlled by doctors 4,000 miles away.
The breakthrough paves the way for thousands of operations to be performed with robotic engineering, which appears to be safer and more accurate than conventional procedures. Unlike humans, robot 'arms' do not shake when they target a small piece of tissue or organ.
BOTOX: NOW IT'S NOT JUST FOR WRINKLES
Just another vanity project or could Botox injections help to treat migraine? Now experts are finding new and surprising uses for the 'face-freezing' agent derived from rancid sausages.
Botox, the anti-wrinkle treatment which has been used to smooth away lines and firm up ageing bodies, now has a new use - as a cure for incontinence.
Doctors have pioneered a painless technique which involves injecting tiny quantities of the nerve agent into the bladder wall, to help people with the embarrassing and debilitating condition for whom other treatment has failed.
ROBO-OP: HOW ROBOTIC SURGERY IS TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF PROSTATE CANCER SUFFERERS
It's a scene to make you squirm. On the table is a 3D model of a part of a man's body, while overhead an arrangement of James Bond-like lasers dance with venomous glee. But this isn't a 21st Century torture scene; it's the home of a high-tech medical practice that is promising to change the way prostate cancer is treated in the UK.
SURGEONS USE 3D-PRINTED MODEL OF PROSTATE IN PIONEERING OPERATION
Surgeons have for the first time in the NHS used a 3D-printed copy of a patient’s prostate to help them remove the cancerous gland.
They held the replica prostate in their hands as they used a £2 million robot to cut it free, ensuring they excised the tumour but minimised the risk of causing impotence and incontinence.
The procedure is the latest at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS trust using 3D printing. Last November, a team of doctors used the technique during the transplant of a kidney from a father into his three-year-old daughter.