THE SOUTH WEST CANCER ALLIANCE MOVES TOWARDS ERADICATION OF ‘TRUS’ PROSTATE CANCER BIOPSY

THE SOUTH WEST CANCER ALLIANCE MOVES TOWARDS ERADICATION OF ‘TRUS’ PROSTATE CANCER BIOPSY

Bristol Urological Institute has hosted the first regional training course to teach the latest method of transperineal prostate cancer diagnosis

As part of a national campaign (TRExit) to completely remove transrectal prostate biopsies from the prostate cancer pathway, the first regional training course on freehand transperineal biopsies (LA TP) in the South West of England has taken place.

On Saturday 11th January, Professor Raj Persad and Mr Stefanos Bolomytis hosted the PrecisionPoint™ Transperineal Access System Workshop at the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead Hospital. The workshop, aimed at urologists, oncologists and others involved in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, teaches the principles of freehand transperineal targeted and systematic prostate biopsies, and how it can be used to enhance the prostate diagnostics, particularly in relation to the two-week wait pathway and to outline the use of MRI/ultrasound fusion.

The TRexit initiative aims to change the existing paradigm of outpatient prostate cancer diagnostics for transrectal prostate biopsies to transperineal biopsies. The initiative is currently backed by 35 leading urologists from around the country, as well as Prostate Cancer UK and the British Association of Urological Nurses (BAUN).

Professor Raj Persad, one of the country’s leading pelvic cancer surgeons, commented: “There are clear benefits of LA PT over TRUS biopsy methods, which include reduced sepsis rates and improved cancer detection, as well as moving general anaesthetic transperineal biopsies out of the operating theatre and into nurse-led local anaesthetic proc