What to expect if you are sued

A recurring theme in recent issues of Trends in Urology & Men’s Health has been the importance of avoiding medical errors and the possible implications of failing to do this. Like all professionals, healthcare professionals may be sued, and in medicine it seems increasingly likely …

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Dignity in dying

Members of Parliament are now preparing to debate the Assisted Dying Bill championed by Rob Marris in early September. It is based on Charles Falconer’s bill that made unprecedented progress through the House of Lords, only to run out of time before the general election. …

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Ethnic inequalities in prostate cancer outcomes

It is relatively well established that the incidence of prostate cancer among black men is higher when compared with white men, and this is not explained by the availability of PSA screening.1,2 Evidence is emerging to suggest that black men are more likely than white men …

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Avoiding the ‘seven deadly sins of surgery’

No surgeon goes to work intending to harm his or her patients. Unfortunately, clinical errors with resultant harm to a patient will occasionally happen. Nowadays, when a serious mistake does occur, the implications for the surgeon can be extremely serious: investigation, suspension, litigation, prosecution and …

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Avoiding medical errors in general practice

There has been some welcome focus in this publication over recent months on high-profile examples of medical error, the role of our professional bodies in investigating them, and the potential consequences for the health professionals involved.
There is less focus on medical errors that occur in …

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Testicular cancer – a young man’s disease?

I would be surprised to find anyone who has not heard of testicular cancer. It is the cancer of young men and should be regularly searched for by testicular self-examination – a process that has been shown on breakfast TV and supported through campaigns in …

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Look out for the STAMPEDE!

Systemic therapy for metastatic prostate cancer has changed radically in the last 10 years with the introduction of several novel agents that have shown significant improvements in progression free and overall survival. The latest major breakthrough is the introduction of a relatively old drug, docetaxel …

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Bike 2 BAUS 2015

9am on Saturday 13 June and we all met outside BAUS HQ at the Royal college of Surgeons in Lincolns Inn Fields, 14 of us cycling to the BAUS annual conference in Manchester to raise money for The Urology Foundation (TUF). A total of 220 …

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NICE recommend rejecting degarelix for acute metastatic prostate cancer

Your action is required urgently!
 
Most unfortunately, NICE has recently recommended that degarelix should no longer be approved for use in patients presenting acutely with metastatic prostate cancer (a group within its current licensed indication). As a clinician I have often been faced with patients presenting …

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Fixing dad

It’s worrying to hear that one in six people in the UK suffers from type 2 diabetes and even more worrying to know that one in three of us is prediabetic for type 2 diabetes. That means we are all likely to know someone in …

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