New prostate treatment will help patients

Just Regional
Nov 18, 2022 2 mins read

Men who fear they may have prostate cancer will benefit from a new procedure which is being carried out at Cromer Hospital.

State-of-the-art equipment is being used at the North Norfolk Macmillan Centre to enable prostate biopsies to take place for the first time, saving valuable time and long journeys.

The launch of the service follows fundraising support from Cromer Community and Hospital Friends who helped to buy the equipment for the centre.

A prostate biopsy usually takes place to confirm or rule out cancer after blood test results and an MRI scan.

Utsav Reddy, consultant urological surgeon, said the urology team would be carrying out MRI-fusion-guided prostate biopsies at the centre once a week.

“The technology is slightly different from that at the NNUH and will be a new service for the patients of Cromer and the wider area,” he said. “This ultrasound machine enables us to undertake biopsies under local anaesthetic and we can overlay the MRI image on the real-time ultrasound scan to give a more precise biopsy for some men. This would not have been feasible without the support of the Cromer Community and Hospital Friends as well as colleagues in urology, radiology, pathology and Cromer Hospital. Thank you to all involved in improving the care of men in Norfolk.”

With the new equipment in place, men can go through the whole diagnosis process in a matter of weeks, all carried out in Cromer.

It is not always the case that prostate cancer is associated with urinary symptoms. For further information visit or speak to your GP.

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