Providing expert treatment and the latest technological advances for the treatment of prostate cancer at state-of-the-art hospitals throughout the UK.
Where can I get private treatment for prostate cancer in the UK?
BMI Healthcare is the largest private hospital group in the UK, with 65 comfortable and fully equipped hospitals nationwide. They work with leading consultant urologists, radiologists and clinical oncologists to provide the highest quality treatment for prostate cancer.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
The prostate, a gland that produces semen, is only found in men. It is located next to the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis) and if the gland starts to enlarge due to cancer or, more commonly, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia it can cause the following symptoms:
- Difficulty passing urine
- Passing urine more often, especially at night
- Having to rush to the toilet to pass urine
The urologists at BMI Healthcare are able to perform all the tests and scans necessary to assess these symptoms and stage and grade any cancer found in order to plan the optimum treatment for each individual.
Prostate cancer treatment at BMI Healthcare
The treatment for prostate cancer will depend on how far the cancer
has grown and spread (the TNM stage), the grade of the tumour (the
Gleason score or how abnormal the cells are on a scale of 1-5), the age
and general health of the patient, and information obtained from the
prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The specialists at BMI
Healthcare are highly experienced in offering advice on all the
different treatment options available and designing a treatment programme to suit
the individual. Treatments for prostate cancer include:
Monitoring the cancer
Prostate cancers, especially in older men, tend to
develop very slowly and initial treatment may involve regular monitoring to assess how the cancer may or may not develop in the
Surgery for prostate cancer
Known as a radical prostatectomy, surgery for prostate
cancer involves removing the whole gland and the seminal vesicles. It
is usually offered to younger patients with a high grade tumour that has
not spread out of the protective capsule of the prostate.
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
HIFU is a new, minimally invasive technique that uses
high frequency ultrasound energy to pinpoint and destroy cancer cells in
the prostate gland. It does not damage the surrounding tissues and
nerves and is a painless and safer alternative to surgery.
Cryotherapy is a new, specialist technique that kills the cancer cells in early stage prostate cancer by freezing them.
External radiotherapy and seed implantation
brachytherapy, where radioactive seeds are implanted into the prostate,
are used when a cancer has not moved out of the prostate capsule. Once a cancer has spread beyond the capsule,
radiotherapy may be used to shrink secondary tumours, relieving pain
and slowing down the spread of the disease.
Lowering testosterone levels by means of medication can
reduce the chances of an early cancer recurring after treatment, or
shrink or slow down a more advanced tumour. The use of hormone therapy
depends on the grade and stage of the cancer and usually works well,
although the cancer can stop responding after a few years.
Chemotherapy and steroid treatment
Chemotherapy and steroids are used to shrink tumours and
slow the growth of a spreading cancer when hormone therapy is no longer
How can I get treatment for prostate cancer at BMI Healthcare?
Information and indicative costs for private prostate cancer treatment can be obtained by calling 0800 656 9606
, or by visiting the BMI Healthcare website.