There are a range of prostate health services available across Scotland from Aberdeen to Inverness, through to Dumfries and Fife. This section outlines Urology Units in Scotland and contact details for Prostate Cancer Support Groups in Scotland.
If you have prostate concerns, your first port of call should be your GP, who may refer you to a urology service and also to other specialists. You may find that not all treatments may be available in your area and that for some, there may be either a regional service (e.g. for robot-assisted prostate cancer surgery, or a referral service in operation with another centre, especially in the case of external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy.
At your treatment centre or across your region, there can often be a team covering urological/prostate issues which may involve not only a consultant urologist or surgeon, but a clinical oncologist (who is an expert in radiotherapy), an oncology nurse specialist, specialist urological and in some cases, prostate nurses and urological pathologists (who are specialists in checking biopsies and cells), and specialist physiotherapists.
Provision across regions is often called Managed Clinical Networks which are about bringing together specialists with knowledge to support patients’ progress. In the case of cancer, there are 3 major networks now operating in Scotland – SCAN for the South and East of the Scotland, WOSCAN for the West and NOSCAN for the North.
In several parts of Scotland there are prostate cancer support groups, made up of men with prostate cancer who come together to discuss key topics, provide support and in some areas buddying services .
Please note we are sorry but Prostate Scotland is unable to answer any individual, personal medical questions, recommend which treatments might be suitable for an individual or recommend individual medical care or health professionals.