Skip to main content

From Mr Marc Lucky
Chair of the BAUS Section of Andrology & Genito-Urethral Surgery

"... negotiating a way through the backlog & more meeting sessions ..."

A very warm welcome to everyone joining us for the Andrology & Genitourethral Surgery section meeting at BAUS 2022 in Birmingham. I am sure that everyone is looking forward to meeting and hopefully having face to face interaction with speakers and colleagues.

It is a great honour and privilege to be taking over as chair of the section from Maj Shabir who has done an excellent job over the past few years, during a challenging period in our history. Andrology in particular has faced unique challenges with many patients having been postponed through necessary prioritisation. As we begin to recover from the COVID19 pandemic, the challenges will be clearing the largest waiting list in the history of the NHS. What is clear is that there will be a lot more hurdles ahead for us to tackle.

I believe that the topics discussed in these sessions will help guide us in the upcoming months and years and help us to achieve great things for Andrological and Genito-urethral patients and practice in the UK. This year we have been honoured to be allocated five sessions as there is so much to discuss! These sessions have been designed not only to appeal to those with subspecialty interests but also to the general urologist. We plan to bring you stimulating debates and novel ideas in these sessions.

We kick off on Monday at 11:00hr, looking at male body image which is becoming an increasing problem in society today. This session is chaired by Paul Anderson and Elizabeth Osinibi and we have a great range of speakers discussing a variety of topics from supplements to recreational drugs; sexual dysfunction to post-finasteride syndrome.

We then move on at 16:30hr to a session focusing on testicular cancer, chaired by our past chair Maj Shabir and by Krishna Narahari. We are hoping for a lot of stimulating debate as we will be discussing interesting ideas. The results of the joint AGUS/Oncology/BURST will be fascinating for us all and will provide us with vital insight into UK practice. This session will also include a patient describing his journey as well as a testis cancer MDT in which I hope that we can all get involved.

On Tuesday, we have the joint BAUS and EAU session reviewing EAU guidelines on male hypogonadism and erectile dysfunction. It is a privilege to have Professor Salonia from Milan speaking; he was instrumental in the development of these guidelines. This will be appealing to all urologists and we expect this session to be extremely popular. Dr Sravan Thondam and Mr Mike Fraser will be looking at the UK perspective of applying these guidelines, along with controversial cases and the legal perspectives, a must-attend for all.

This is followed at 16:30hr by a session looking at male infertility, penile curvature and priapism guidelines, chaired by our section vice-chair, Arie Parnham. We have an expert panel of speakers who will be sharing their insights into these guidelines.

We wrap things up on Wednesday at 14:00hr looking atpPenile cancer in the United Kingdom as a model for rare cancers, chaired by Miss Karen Randhawa and Mr Tim O’Brien. Since 2002, the management of penile cancer has een centralised into supraregional centres. We will examine the successes, potential missed opportunities, and future directions with Dr Oscar Brouwer from the Netherlands Cancer Institute, as well as Mr Asif Muneer and Professor Nick Watkin.

Without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges and opportunities, is the ability to collect data across the United Kingdom to inform management and guide research. Prof Noel Clarke will speak about his experience with the National Prostate Cancer Audit and how lessons can be learnt and applied to all rare cancers. Finally, the session will end on a high, examining how centres can work collaboratively to improve the care of patients and discuss future national projects.

This will be an exciting and novel BAUS andrology programme which we expect to be educational and highly enjoyable.