J. Curtis Nickel MD FRCSC


Enlarged Prostate: Should I Take Medicine?

Guides through decision to take medicine for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate. Lists common medicine choices. Discusses how to manage your symptoms at home. Covers benefits and risks. Includes an interactive tool to help you decide.

American Urological Association Symptom Index

The American Urological Association (AUA) has developed the following questionnaire to help men determine how bothersome their urinary symptoms are and to check how effective their treatment is. 1 This questionnaire has also been adopted worldwide and is known as the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS). It is…

Transurethral Microwave Therapy (TUMT) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

In transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT), an instrument (called an antenna) that sends out microwave energy is inserted through the urethra to a location inside the prostate. Microwave energy is then used to heat the inside of the prostate. Cooling fluid is circulated around the microwave antenna to prevent heat from…

Enlarged Prostate: Uroflowmetry Test

The uroflowmetry test measures the rate of urine flow during urination. Results are usually given in milliliters per second (mL/sec). This test is sometimes used to evaluate the impact benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) has on urine flow or to monitor the effect of treatment. Your doctor and studies about treatment for…

Alpha-Blocker Medicines

Alpha-blocker medicines relax smooth muscle in the body. Smooth muscle controls the blood vessels, intestines, bladder and urinary tract, and other involuntary actions in the body. Alpha-blockers can be used for many problems, including: Prostate problems. These medicines can relax the smooth muscle in the prostate and…