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DIN EN ISO 9000: Qaulity again confirmed

DIN EN ISO 9000: Qaulity again confirmed

The urological department in the KLINIK am RING successfully passed the quality certification according to the new standard DIN EN ISO 9001 again this year.

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Great response at the 12th Patients' Day Prostate

Great response at the 12th Patients' Day Prostate

Topics relating to early detection, modern diagnostics and therapy of prostate diseases were the focus of the "12th Prostate Patient Day" on 4 June 2019 in Cologne, which was attended by around 200 interested and affected persons at the invitation of the West German Prostate Center.

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Misjudgement on brachytherapy

Misjudgement on brachytherapy

In spite of clear evidence, the IQWIG Institute has again come to the conclusion in its current report that the effectiveness of seed implantation is still not clearly proven. Experts reject the report as unscientific. A comment

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Erectile dysfunction after prostate surgery

Erectile dysfunction after prostate surgery

EAU Congress: Radical removal of the prostate leads to erectile dysfunction in a significant percentage of patients, even during nerve-preserving surgery.

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Radiation or Surgery for Prostate Cancer?

Radiation or Surgery for Prostate Cancer?

No other cancer faces such a wide range of opinions. Large international studies have shown that radiotherapy has at least the same cure rates for prostate cancer in the early stages and superior cure rates in advanced diesase compared to surgery.

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What is the "best" therapy?

What is the "best" therapy?

The international Prostate Cancer Results Study Group (PCRSG) has developed a unique decision support tool to compare the cure rates of all modern therapies, depending on the risk profile of the tumor. This is based on a scientific analysis of all relevant studies on localized prostate cancer in more than 52,000 patients.

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LDR Brachytherapy superior to Prostatectomy

LDR Brachytherapy superior to Prostatectomy

Study by the British Columbia Cancer Agency confirms: high efficacy combined with very low side effects makes brachytherapy treatment of choice for localized prostate cancer.

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High-risk prostate cancer: brachytherapy more effective than surgery

High-risk prostate cancer: brachytherapy more effective than surgery

JAMA study: Brachytherapy in combination with external radiation achieves better results in "high-risk" prostate cancer compared to radical surgery.

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Radical Surgery: Severe side effects but no survival benefit.

Radical Surgery: Severe side effects but no survival benefit.

ProtecT study shows: Patients after prostate surgery suffer most from the consequences of treatment.

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Prostate cancer in diabetics: Rarer but more aggressive

Prostate cancer in diabetics: Rarer but more aggressive

Patients with type 2 diabetes are less likely to develop prostate cancer. However, their prognosis is worse if a prostate carcinoma is diagnosed. Afterloading therapy achieves the best results in advanced tumors.

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Brachytherapy superior to Radical Surgery

Brachytherapy superior to Radical Surgery

International Meta Study proofs: Brachytherapy at least equivalent or superior to Radical Surgery.

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Less blood loss due to laser treatment

Less blood loss due to laser treatment

In benign prostate enlargement, treatment with modern laser techniques not only leads to fewer complications than transurethral resection (TURP) but also has a significantly lower risk of bleeding.

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15th Anniversary of the West German Prostate Center

15th Anniversary of the West German Prostate Center

Being one of the strongest centres in Europe, the WPC has specialised in modern and minimal invasive prostate treatments.

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West German Prostate Center cooperates with the Charité in Berlin

West German Prostate Center cooperates with the Charité in Berlin

COPCa study: what treatment do patients choose in low-risk prostate cancer?

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US expert panel again recommends PSA test for early detection

US expert panel again recommends PSA test for early detection

Up to now, experts in the USA had expressly spoken out against a widespread use of the PSA test for the early detection of prostate cancer.

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Focal therapy: Pro & Contra

Focal therapy: Pro & Contra

Dr. Derakhshani on the possibilities and limitations of focal therapy.

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NanoKnife: Efficacy not proven

NanoKnife: Efficacy not proven

Experimental method with danger of overtherapy.

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HIFU:"Insufficient data availability"

HIFU:"Insufficient data availability"

HIFU in prostate carcinoma continues experimental procedure.

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More side effects after robot surgery

More side effects after robot surgery

The modern robotic assisted surgery, which is regarded biased as a "gentle" treatment option for the patient, has more side effects than previously advocated.

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Man or machine? Da Vinci robot has no advantage.

Man or machine? Da Vinci robot has no advantage.

More disadvantages after robot-assisted surgery than previously assumed.

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ESTRO: Brachytherapy achieves excellent results

ESTRO: Brachytherapy achieves excellent results

Brachytherapy - more effective, gentler and cheaper than radical surgery.

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How often incontinent after surgery?

How often incontinent after surgery?

Supply study: One third of men still incontinent three months after prostate removal.

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No disadvantage due to delayed start of therapy

Patients with localized prostate cancer should not be put under unnecessary time pressure when choosing a therapy.

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Quality of life by maintaining continence

Urologists' Congress in Madrid: Brachytherapy significantly fewer complications than surgery.

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Sex after prostate surgery

Sexual disturbances after radical removal of the prostate are often but little noticed.

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Prostate cancer is too often operated

Recent studies confirm over-therapy / Serious surgical consequences for patients.

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Vitamin D levels as biomarkers of tumor aggressiveness

Patients with a local prostate carcinoma, whose disease takes an aggressive course, often show a vitamin D deficiency in the blood.

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PSA study hinders prostate cancer screening

The largest PSA screening study to date shows serious errors, as recently reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Prostate cancer with 75

Who benefits from a treatment - who does not? Is it worthwhile for over-75s to treat prostate cancer, or are seniors better advised to wait and see how to proceed?

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Less complications after laser therapy

Current metastudy proves advantages for modern laser procedures with benign prostate enlargement.

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Prostate cancer: Gel depot protects against radiation damage

Prostate cancer: GelEven more safety in the irradiation of prostate cancer is now offered by a gel deposit, a spacer placed between the anterior wall of the rectum and the prostate, which protects against radiation damage.

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Prostate cancer: OP often not justified

Prostate cancer: OP often does not justify the operation is partly associated with significant side effects.

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PSMA-PET/CT: local recurrent or metastatic tumor?

CHAPPP: Study: PSMA PET/CT shows higher sensitivity to metastases.

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PSA-Bounce speaks for good prognosis

Current study shows increased survival probability in patients with short-term PSA increase after brachytherapy.

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Higher quality of life after brachytherapy

Confirm guidelines: Less impotence and incontinence after seed implantation than after surgery.

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Prostate cancer recurrence: radiotherapy combined with hormone therapy

Patients with a relapse benefit from a combination of radiation and hormone therapy.

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Experience makes quality - gentle laser procedures with benign prostate enlargement

Gentle laser procedures with benign prostate enlargement place high demands on the surgeon's know-how.

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Dr. Neubauer again distinguished

Dr. Neubauer once again among the best urologists in Germany.

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Treat or wait and see?

Clinical study examines the concept of "active monitoring" as an alternative therapy option.

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New PSMA marker increases hit accuracy for prostate cancer

PSMA, a new radioactive marker, detects tumour centres and metastases more precisely than choline PET/CT.

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Diagnosing prostate cancer with pinpoint accuracy

More safety in the diagnosis of prostate cancer: State-of-the-art MRI (3-Tesla)-based biopsy at the West German Prostate Center in Cologne.

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Patients overestimate mortality risk of Active Surveillance

Current study of the Charité: Mortality risk in localized prostate carcinoma is greatly overestimated.

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Prostate cancer: PSA test in the crossfire of criticism

"The PSA test is useless and sometimes even dangerous." This statement is being mistakenly conveyed more and more often by the media.

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Tumor destroyed, prostate gland preserved

While organ-preserving therapies are now standard in breast or kidney tumours, this type of treatment for prostate cancer is still in its infancy.

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Second tumor after prostate cancer therapy?

Less bladder and colon cancer after brachytherapy than after surgery and irradiation.

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Laser safer than conventional prostate peeling

Modern laser techniques such as greenlight laser therapy or the diode laser method are far more gentle than conventional peeling (TURP) of the prostate gland.

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Improvement of sexual dysfunctions after BPH therapy

In so-called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the glandular tissue of the prostate grows increasingly into the area of the urethra. Due to the narrowing of the urethra, the strength of the urine stream decreases and residual urine sometimes remains in the bladder. The consequences are constant urination, a weak stream of urine and unpleasant dripping.

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More safety during prostate radiation

Gel-like spacer between rectum and prostate reduces radiation-related side effects / WPZ is one of the first centres in Germany to use the innovative SpaceOAR system.

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Healthy to the PSA test

Great benefit for men with good health.

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10th Patient Day in Cologne

Reger Dialog zwischen Betroffenen und Experten: Mehr als 100 Teilnehmer informierten sich rund um das Thema Prostata.

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Alpha blockers alone are often not sufficient

Various types of medication and drug combinations are available to alleviate prostate problems.

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Permanent incontinence after radical surgery

Men are still not fully informed before prostate surgery about urinary incontinence as a late consequence of the procedure.

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Prostate cancer: Seniors over 70 frequently undertherapied

Elderly patients often only receive hormones or no treatment at all.

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PSA test halves mortality rate

Recent Swedish study with 20,000 participants convinced of the benefits of the PSA test.

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HDR afterloading therapy delivers excellent results

WPZ presented its latest study at EAU in Barcelona.

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Implementation of the Prostate Cancer Guideline into practice

It is important for the professional association of German urologists (BDU) to act quickly and to put the new S3 guideline for the treatment of prostate cancer into practice.

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Prostate carcinoma: Wait and see and do nothing?

Active monitoring as an equal treatment option for prostate cancer.

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Laser treatment now also for large glands

The Westdeutsche Prostatazentrum is the first center in Germany to feature a modern high-power diode laser in addition to the proven Greenlight laser.

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Confirmed by guidelines: Less impotence and incontinence after seed implantation than after surgery

What many international studies have already proven has now been confirmed by the leading experts: Prostate cancer patients receiving brachytherapy (internal radiation) suffer significantly less often from impaired potency after treatment.

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The use of HIFU and cryotherapy is currently unjustified

HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) and cryotherapy are not adequate treatment alternatives in the therapy of locally limited prostate cancer, according to the new Prostate Cancer Guideline, which was recently presented by the German Society of Urology (DGU).

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Dr. Neubauer among the seven best urologists in Germany

Dr. Stephan Neubauer, specialist in urology at the West German Prostate Center, has been included in the list of "150 best doctors in Germany"!

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WPZ successfully certified

Everyone is talking about quality control - the doctors at the Prostate Center have now proven it.

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IGRT increases target accuracy of radiotherapy

For a long time, radical surgery of the prostate was the only successful treatment method for prostate cancer. However, there are now highly modern methods of radiation therapy.

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Ultrasound elastography: accurate, fast and painless

A new diagnostic tool is now available for patients with suspected prostate cancer.

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Prostate enlargement: New TURiS procedure minimizes risks

TURis plasma vaporization combines the advantages of laser processes and classic peeling.

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PSA test remains standard

Focus on treatment with few side effects.

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Tailor-made treatment for prostate cancer

9th Uro-oncological Update Symposium in Cologne.

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Benign prostate enlargement: New procedure minimizes risks

TURis plasma vaporization combines the advantages of laser processes and classic peeling.

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Irradiate prostate cancer instead of surgery

Nationwide patient survey documented: Highest patient satisfaction and best quality of life after radiotherapy.

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Accurate, fast and effective

New techniques for the treatment of prostate cancer in the West German Prostate Center/IGRT increases target accuracy of radiation therapy.

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Quality for men

Department of Urology at the Clinic am Ring successfully certified.

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PSA test from 40!

Cologne, November 3rd, 2009 - Men should go to the urologist for the first time at the age of 40 to prevent prostate cancer, is the recommendation of the new guideline on the early detection.

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Enlargement of the prostate: Gentle procedures help

Interview with Dr. Stephan Neubauer and Dr. Pedram Derakhshani from the West German Prostate Center in Cologne

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Benign prostate enlargement: laser treatment safer than TURP

This was shown by a recent study recently published in the renowned European Journal of Urology. Modern laser procedures not only cause fewer side effects such as urethral congestion, incontinence and impotence, but also prevent secondary bleeding.

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Cologne experts at the "Prostate Brachytherapy Symposium" in New York

At the invitation of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the senior physicians of the West German Prostate Center participated in a scientific symposium on brachytherapy for prostate cancer in New York.

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Seed implantation: therapeutic success depends on the experience of the medical team

Modern treatment methods in medicine are booming in Germany. But not everything that is new must also be good. Drugs are repeatedly withdrawn from the market due to severe side effects, and many doctors are not familiar with modern methods. The success of new therapies depends on the therapist's experience. This is shown by a recent study of the West German Prostate Center (WPZ) in Cologne.

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1000th patient treated with seed implantation

​We are proud,"says Dr. Gregor Spira, senior physician and radiotherapist at the West German Prostate Center. In November 2006, the team of radiotherapists and urologists carried out the 1000th seed implantation in the treatment of localized prostate carcinoma, making it one of the largest implantation centers in Europe.​

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Elderly patients also benefit from treatment

Results of a recent US study question the strategy of "cautious waiting" in elderly patients with prostate cancer.

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Brachytherapy - gentler and cheaper than total surgery

Health cost analysis: Long regeneration times after total removal of the prostate cause high costs.

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International research association founded

High-ranking experts merge to form the "International Prostate Cancer Group.

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Incontinent after prostate surgery?

Interview with Dr. Stephan Neubauer and Dr. Pedram Derakhshani from the West German Prostate Center in Cologne.

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New technology improves early detection of bladder tumors

The Department of Urology at the Klinik am Ring is one of the first centers in Germany to use Olympus' new state-of-the-art narrowband imaging system for the visualization of the bladder mucosa.

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