|Thursday, 01 October 2009|
Bernard Ferrie reports from the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow where the British Association of Urological Surgeons held its Annual Meeting from 22 to 24 June
New features at this year’s Annual Meeting of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) included the Annual Meetings of the Sections of Academic Urology, Andrology and Female and Reconstructive Urology. A Symposium on Scientific Discovery in Urology also formed part of the Academic Urology meeting.
In addition to the plenary sessions, teaching courses and trade exhibition, over 130 posters were presented. The presenters were asked to focus on how their work would change urological practice and what the subject of the presentations added to urology. The aims of these concise presentations were ambitious but worthy.
One of the sold-out teaching courses was ‘How to write a successful paper’. The decline in numbers of TURP and open nephrectomy and the implications for trainees raised concern. In the field of prostate cancer (CAP), a new 12-month LHRH analogue (Histrelin) was launched. Removal and replacement in primary care is anticipated. The initial results with a gonadotrophinreleasing hormone antagonist (Abarelix) were presented. A decline in the death rate from CAP in the last 10 years was noted. Active surveillance appears to be gaining ground and template transperinea mapping biopsies may be an aid to focal therapy in CAP treatment.
In benign prostate disease, a 10% shorter hospital stay using bipolar TURP was reported, as were the four-year results of the CombAT Study of combination dutasteride and tamsulosin.
The BAUS Data and Audit Project, which allows collection, retrieval and analysis across all the sub-specialties, was launched. This will allow BAUS members to access data as part of the annual appraisal process, one of the elements of recertification.
The European Working Time Directive, Revalidation and their likely effects on both consultants and trainees featured prominently in discussion.
For further details of this and future BAUS meetings, visit the Association’s website at www.baus.org.uk