Prostate screening

The PSA test and PCA3 tests

Prostate screening tests are part of our prostate services which include our Express Prostate Assessment. These screening and treatment options are all available in our clean and comfortable private hospital. We have expert staff on hand to help you make the right choice for you.

At Spire Hartswood Hospital we offer screening for men who have concerns about their prostate.

If you wish to speak to someone about our prostate services please call our Treatment Enquiry Adviser on 01277 266 761.

PSA test for prostate cancer

A PSA test is a blood test that measures the level of PSA - Prostate Specific Antigen – in a man’s blood. PSA is a protein made by the prostate which naturally leaks into the bloodstream. After testing, if a man’s levels of PSA are said to be ‘raised’, it could be a sign that he has prostate cancer. However, a raised PSA level can also indicate that another, non-cancerous prostate condition exists, such as benign enlargement of the prostate and prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate). Following a raised PSA test result, often the only way to definitely determine whether prostate cancer exists is through a biopsy.

More information on the risks and benefits of PSA testing

To arrange a PSA test, call our Treatment Enquiry Adviser on 01277 266 761

PCA3 test for prostate cancer

The PCA3 test is a urine test to measure the presence of PCA3, the prostate cancer-specific gene, which is present in much higher levels in prostate cancer tissues than in normal prostate tissues.

The PCA3 test is specific in determining the presence of the prostate cancer gene, and, unlike the PSA test, will normally not pick up genes relating to benign prostate conditions. This gene-based test can be used to diagnose new cases of prostate cancer, and for men who have had previous negative biopsies and who want further reassurance.

Please note: the PCA3 test has not yet been approved by NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) and will be available by consultant referral only.

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Express Prostate Assessment

At Spire Hartswood Hospital we have a dedicated prostate service for men who have concerns about prostate disease. This service offers fast access to diagnostic tests and, where needed, a prostate biopsy with next-day results.

Click here for more information on Express Prostate Assessment

Men's Health services at Spire Hartswood Hospital

We offer diagnostic tests and treatment for kidney stones, urinary tract and prostate problems, including laser and keyhole surgery. Our consultant urologists also offer vasectomy and vasectomy reversal surgery, treatment for sexual dysfunction and male infertility, and male circumcision for adults and children.

Click here for more information on Men's Health services.

Prostate cancer treatment

Read more about prostate cancer treatment options at Spire Hartswood hospital.

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