MRI scans are to be used as the first investigation for the diagnosis of prostate cancer from Monday 23 January 2017 at The James Cook University Hospital. This means any man referred to the Middlesbrough hospital with high PSA levels, which suggest prostate cancer might be present, will have an MRI scan, followed by a biopsy whereas previously they would have the biopsy first.
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The James Cook University Hospital is very proud to be the first hospital in the North of England to recruit suitable patients to the Prostate Advances in Comparative Evidence (PACE) trial for prostate cancer. This trial is looking at a type of radiotherapy called stereotactic radiotherapy and comparing it with either conventional radiotherapy or surgery. The trial is for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer that has not grown outside the prostate gland.