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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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NHS crisis: time to move away from ‘free at the point of use’?

The NHS crisis experienced last winter is not a one-off, but marks the beginning of an extended period when the NHS is likely to be chronically short of finance. It is probable that in the very near future the Treasury will be either unable or …

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Suicide or accidents – which is the biggest killer of our young men?

A key message that is commonly heard with regard to men’s health issues is that suicide is the biggest single killer of young men. Indeed, this was the strap line from the recent Panorama programme on male suicide. However, it is not entirely true and …

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Men’s health: what are the odds?

Over the past 15 years I have often asked at the start of my lectures ‘What do you think are the main health risks facing men?’ If the audience consists of professionals delivering care, or policy makers planning services, or the lay public, it is …

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