The Chestnut Appeal has raised over £110,000 to pay for a new machine to more accurately diagnose prostate cancer at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske.

Previously, in cases where prostate cancer was suspected, a biopsy was taken from the prostate, without any specific location being targeted, but this new machine allows for precise biopsies to be taken, of suspicious areas.

The machine fuses images from MRI scans with real-time ultrasound images, to allow targeted biopsies to be taken, with a much more accurate result possible, and fewer biopsy samples required from each patient.  This will be used on all the patients referred with suspected prostate cancer, once it goes on line soon – approximately 400 patients per year.

The Chestnut Appeal is also keen to raise awareness of the symptoms of prostate cancer, and encourage men to go to their GPs if something is amiss.

What are the signs of prostate cancer?

NHS Choices identifies the following seven symptoms of prostate cancer:

  • Needing to pee more frequently, often during the night.
  • Needing to rush to the toilet.
  • Difficulty in starting to pee (hesitancy)
  • Straining or taking a long time while peeing.
  • Weak flow.
  • Feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully.
  • Blood in urine or blood in semen.

You can read more from NHS Choices here.