How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

If you are experiencing symptoms of prostate cancer, such as problems passing urine or urinating more frequently, it’s important to diagnose what is causing these symptoms as soon as possible. These symptoms can be caused by various health conditions and do not necessarily mean you have cancer, but it’s important to see your GP as soon as possible.

When visiting your GP they may perform a digital rectal examination (DRE), this enables them to physically assess how your prostate feels. They may also arrange for you to have a PSA blood test. This blood test checks the levels of a substance called Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in your blood. High levels of PSA can be an indication of prostate cancer, however it can also be high for other reasons which aren't cancer and PSA levels do naturally increase as a man ages. If your PSA level is elevated or your GP believes that your symptoms need further investigation they will refer you to a specialist for further tests.

Rapid access to prostate tests

Across our diagnostic centres and hospitals our expert consultants offer rapid access to the latest tests and scans, including MRI, CT, ultrasound and image-guided biopsy, to diagnose prostate cancer and provide you with a personalised treatment and care plan. We know that this can be a very worrying time, so we’ll make sure you get the answers you need as quickly as possible and often we are able to carry out all of your initial diagnostic tests in just one appointment.

If these tests show you have prostate cancer you will have access to our multidisciplinary team (MDT) of prostate cancer specialists which include consultants, cancer nurses and other cancer healthcare experts. Led by your named consultant, the team come together to discuss your individual diagnosis, consider all the different options and make a recommendation on the best treatment plan for you, without delay.

Your consultant will discuss this treatment plan with you and along with your Clinical Nurse Specialist they can answer any questions you may have so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment and care.

An annual health check identified my prostate cancer

John Deans went for his annual health screen - offered as part of his employer health scheme. John was seemingly a fit and healthy 59-year-old with no signs or symptoms that suggested otherwise.

However, in fact, this health screen prompted further tests, where it was discovered that John had prostate cancer. Here, John speaks about his experience at London Bridge Hospital, and highlights just how important it was that he chose to attend his annual health screen. 
GP with patient

Getting a second opinion

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, whether or not you have started treatment, a second opinion can give you reassurance and peace of mind.  

Our second opinion service is led by expert consultants.  They will provide a comprehensive review of your current and past medical history, to identify the best treatment options for you. This review may identify new treatment options or simply confirm you are already receiving the best treatment.  Either way it can help you make an informed decision about what is best for you.

We offer a second opinion service in London and Manchester, covering a wide range of specialities.
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