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Prostate cancer treatment

Prostate cancer treatment

Prostate Pathway
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.

Bupa Cromwell Hospital has a prostate cancer diagnosis pathway that 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.

Benefits of our Prostate Care Pathway

  • Seamless transition from GP appointment (if abnormal PSA detected) onto the pathway for diagnosis and treatment
  • Leading urologists to guide you through each step of the process
  • Quick test results
  • Improved speed and accuracy of diagnosis
  • Available to both insured and self funding patients

Prostate Pathway at Bupa Cromwell Hospital


Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

Patients with possible prostate cancer symptoms can be diagnosed with a range of different tests. These include:

  • Blood tests - measure the levels of a protein called prostate specific antigen (PSA). High levels of PSA can also be caused by other prostate conditions apart from cancer, so this test would be combined with other tests
  • Digital rectal examination (DRE) - A doctor will feel the prostate through the wall of the rectum – if you have prostate cancer it may feel harder than usual, or knobbly
  • Prostate biopsy - a small sample of tissue is taken using a needle and sent to a lab for testing. Biopsies may be taken under local anaesthetic or sedation, or under general anaesthetic, depending on the type of biopsy involved
  • Ultrasound scans - the doctor examines the prostate gland using a small device inserted into the rectum
  • CT scans, MRI scans and bone scans - these can be used to show the surgeon how far the cancer has spread, if at all.
  • More about our CT scan service
  • More about our MRI scan service



Appointments for our Prostate Care Pathway are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Self funded prostate care pathway prices


Specialist Consultants

The following consultants offer appointments for the Prostate Care Pathway:


Why choose Bupa Cromwell Hospital for Prostate Cancer Treatment?

We deliver a comprehensive private prostate cancer treatment service. This includes a wide variety of treatment options, including innovative treatments such as Brachytherapy, Hormone therapy, Radiotherapy and  TomoTherapy. We are the only private provider of TomoTherapy in the UK.

Led by award-winning urologist  Professor Hashim Ahmed, the pathway is designed to ensure the smoothest possible patient journey. Our team consists of experts including surgeons, clinical oncologists, radiographers and radiologists, who have specific areas of expertise but work closely together. There are also physiotherapists, psychologists and other specialists on hand when needed. Treatment plans are put together according to the type, size and grade of the cancer, as well as the patient’s overall health.


What our patients say

“Explaining technical answers to a patient, when you don’t know what their level of understanding is, is always difficult. The fact that Mr Ahmed drew a picture to explain my condition made my understanding so much easier.

The team made me feel secure, cared for and in safe and competent hands; I could have asked for no more.” 

“Mr Ahmed was clear and decisive as to my situation. He was quick to act in arranging a same day biopsy which leads to rapid access to diagnostic clarification.  I trusted Mr Ahmed. The biopsy was completed within 10 hours from the decision to go ahead on this pathway. 

The nurse Tonee was very important in my case. I needed the highly professional technical guidance provided by him as soon as the decision was taken to undertake the biopsy. This was traumatic for me and I also needed the psychological support of an experienced medical professional. Top rapid execution from a superb team.”

Fixed Price button

Our prostate care pathway is now available as a fixed price package.

Methods of treatment

Active surveillance or active monitoring is a way of monitoring slow-growing prostate cancer which has not spread outside the prostate; this may be referred to as 'localised prostate cancer'.

  • There are currently three options for surgery, but we review these regularly following the results of medical research:

    • Removing the prostate gland through keyhole surgery – this can be an effective cure if the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate gland.
    • High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) – this targets the area containing the cancer and kills the cells by heating them up with high frequency sound waves.
    • Cryotherapy – using this method, the cancer cells are frozen and thawed to kill them.

  • Permanent seed brachytherapy is a form of internal radiotherapy, which involves having tiny radioactive seeds implanted in the prostate gland. The radiation from the seeds destroys cancer cells, and this treatment is recommended if the cancer is contained within the prostate gland. It may be combined with external radiotherapy and/or hormone therapy.
  • Tomotherapy is a form of radiotherapy which combines three techniques to treat cancer efficiently. These include a personalised treatment plan for each patient, image guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). Image guided radiotherapy uses a built-in scanner to accurately locate where the tumour is before treatment.

    Intensity modulated radiotherapy is a dose of radiotherapy which only targets the precise shape of the tumour. This limits damage to surrounding healthy tissue and reduces side effects.

Hormone therapy is used when the cancer is only located in the prostate gland, and chemotherapy is used when the cancer has spread.

Here is a list of specialist consultants related to this service / specialty. Please select a specialist to review their full profile. They are listed alphabetically by last name.

Alternatively you can search our complete list of specialist consultants.

Consultant Urologists

Consultant Oncologists

Consultant Radiologists

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