Staffordshire Urology Clinic consultants attend national conference

Women are less likely to be refered immediately for bladder and kidney cancer investigations

Gender inequalities in the promptness of bladder and renal cancer after symptomatic presentation: evidence from secondary analysis of an English primary care audit survey. BMJ Open June 2013

Picture1Women with bladder and renal cancer are more likely than men to require three or more consultations with their general practitioner before they are referred to a hospital specialist. They also experience longer time intervals between presentation and hospital referral. These include gender differences for patients both with and without blood in the urine (haematuria), suggesting that doctors often interpret the clinical importance of haematuria differently in men and women. This is thought to be due to the higher risk of urinary infections in women than men. Blood in the urine is a key symptom in the diagnosis of these serious but treatable diseases. If you experience blood in the urine you should see your doctor immediately and they will decide if you need referring on to a specialist. At the Staffordshire Urology Clinic we offer state of the art investigation of blood in the urine and highly specialist management of both kidney and bladder cancer including key hole (laparoscopic surgery).

2012 National results comparing surgeons’ results for radical prostate surgery

The British Association of Urological Surgeons has reported 2012 national results from data collected about radical prostatectomy for the treatment of prostate cancer. In this report, which aims to capture as many operations performed in the UK as possible, Mr Luscombe was within the top 20% of highest volume surgeons in the UK. His positive margin rate (which may mean cancer is not totally removed) was only 14% compared to a national average of just over 26%.

Female patients subsequently found to have bladder cancer often experience diagnostic delays compared to male patients

Ian article by Henning et al published in BJUI (2013) the authors studied the presenting symptoms of patients (such as blood in the urine) subsequently diagnosed with bladder cancer. In this study there were no gender‐related differences in presenting clinical symptoms, but women were more likely to be treated for voiding complaints or alleged urinary tract infections without further evaluation or referral to urology than men. They concluded that gender‐dependent disparities in referral patterns exist and might delay definitive diagnosis of bladder cancer in women.

YouTube video success

The Staffordshire Urology Clinic has produced a number of videos of common Urological surgical procedures that their Consultants perform. These are accessible through either the website (and its video library), or at YouTube (search for StaffsUrology). In total there have been 1267 views and 1803 minutes watched. The top three videos are:

1) Laparoscopic removal of intra-abdominal undescended testis


3) Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty

There are number of other videos that have each been watched by hundreds of people, including Laparoscopic prostatectomy, laparoscopic nephrectomy and laser prostatectomy.