Laser Blast for Prostate Patients PLUS Porridge Prevents Cancer ! - Daily Telegraph 14th June 2016
Tuesday, 28th June 2016
Extracted from the Daily Telegraph of 14th June, two front-page articles stand out. The main one is about "a breakthrough in prostate treatment" using lasers, accompanied by a minor paragraph on the perceived benefits of eating a bowl of porridge each day.
Laser blast for prostate patients
- The Daily Telegraph
- 14 Jun 2016
- By Laura Donnelly HEALTH EDITOR
ALMOST 14,000 men a year could benefit from a breakthrough in prostate treatment that uses lasers to help with one of the most common conditions among older men, the health watchdog has said.
Around 60 per cent of men over the age of 60 suffer from prostate enlargement, which can result in more trips to the lavatory at night and urinary tract infections.
Currently, the main treat- ment on offer is surgery, which requires an overnight stay in hospital and a risk of complications.
The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has said that thousands of men who are not deemed to be at high risk of complications should instead be offered laser treatment which vaporises excess prostate tissue.
The watchdog said the procedure was more convenient for patients, as it could be carried out in a day, and allow them to return to normal activities faster than if they had surgery.
Widespread take-up of the procedure could save the NHS an estimated £3 million a year, Nice said.
Prof Carole Longson, director of Nice’s centre for
health technology evaluation, said: “Whilst benign enlarged prostates may not be life threatening, the condition can impact on men’s lives significantly.
“Using the GreenLight XPS [laser] is more convenient for patients than other surgical procedures as they don’t need to stay in hospital overnight and they can return to normal activity faster.” Nice said more research was needed to assess whether the same laser treatment should be offered to patients at a higher risk of complications.
Having an enlarged prostate does not increase the risk of getting prostate cancer, the most common type of cancer among men in the UK, although men can have an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer at the same time.
Conventional treatment for an enlarged prostate uses a loop of heated wire to cut excess prostate tissue away.
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