The rapid access prostate clinic allows patients with suspected prostate cancer to be assessed by a urologist and have the tests they need carried out as quickly as possible. Patients attending the clinic also meet a specialist urology nurse who helps to support them during their investigations.
Patients will also undergo assessment of their urinary function by means of flow rate, bladder scan and urine dipstick. If appropriate patients will undergo multi-parametric MRI of the prostate and their images will be discussed in our multi-disciplinary team meeting. The majority of patients will be offered an MRI on the same day, if this is necessary. The department now offers standard trans-rectal US biopsy of the prostate, MRI-US fusion trans-rectal US biopsy of the prostate and transperineal prostate biopsy.
Prostate cancer support group: the 'Men’s Den'
The Men's Den is a support group for all men diagnosed with prostate cancer, whether or not you are or have been a patient at the Royal Free London. The group meets every six weeks at the Royal Free Hospital. For more information please call the urology nurse specialists on 020 7317 7629 or ring the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre on 020 7794 0500 ext 31337.
Men with all stages of prostate cancer are welcome to our regular meetings. We also run special meetings a couple of times a year where partners and friends are welcome too.
An expert speaker usually attends for the first half of the session, covering topics such as prostate cancer research, the prostate cancer charity, incontinence and emotional support, which is then followed by time for a chat with other men who have prostate cancer, over a cup of tea.