Wednesday, March 7, 2012

HiFU Used to Treat Prostate Cancer


High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, also known as HiFU, is a minimally invasive procedure that is becoming increasingly popular to treat prostate cancer, due to its’ success rate, as well as its’ low rate of complications. Of course, only you and your doctor can decide what treatment is best for you, however, the High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HiFU) should be included in your decision. 

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men, and affects approximately a quarter of a million men every year. It is usually a slow growing cancer that, when detected early, and has not spread outside of the prostate, has a very good chance of successful treatment.

The prostate is a walnut shaped gland that produces seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Often, in the early stages of prostate cancer, you may not have any signs or symptoms of prostate cancer, so regular exams and prostate cancer screenings, are an important part of early detection, which effects your treatment and prognosis.

Prostate cancer in a more advanced stage may cause the following symptoms:
  •        Problems urinating
  •        A decreased force of urination
  •        Blood in your urine
  •        Blood in your semen
  •        Pain in your bones or pelvic area
  •       Unexplained swelling in your legs


If your doctor suspects that you are at risk of developing prostate cancer, he will likely perform a digital rectal exam, as well as a prostate specific antigen test, also known as a PSA test. If either of these tests is positive, you doctor will likely want to perform an ultrasound on you, as well as a prostate tissue biopsy. The biopsy will be evaluated using t scale known as the Gleason score. Once your cancer is staged, your treatment options will be presented to you, and once you and your doctor has determined the best treatment options available to you, you will begin your road to recovery.

Your treatment may include many different options, which will range from “waiting and seeing” to surgery and chemotherapy.  Radiation therapy and hormone therapy are often used, as is surgery to remove the prostate. Freezing tissue to kill cancer cells, as well as using heat, in HiFU treatments are often part of your cancer treatments, too.

High Intensity focused ultrasound treatments are actually done by inserting a small probe into your rectum, allowing your doctor to deliver ultrasound energy, precisely to the cancer cells in your prostate. It is a minimally invasive alternative treatment that should be discussed with your doctor. This treatment is still being studied in clinical trials, but shows much promise. 

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4 comments:

  1. My dad has been battling prostate cancer for years. It's metastasized into his bone... Don't think they had this when he could've used it.

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  2. I am sorry to hear that, cancer SUCKS!

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  3. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure for men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. India offers a low cost HIFU for prostate cancer treatment for international patients. HIFU is now widely available as an alternative treatment option for prostate cancer and presents various advantages like No incision, therefore avoiding the risk of a surgical site infection, Usually a day case, The procedure can be repeated if necessary, Over 99% of men remain continent etc.

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  4. Early detection is key in curing cancer of the prostate.

    -the need to urinate frequently, particularly at night

    -painful urination

    -an urgent need to urinate (regularly - not one time)

    -the inability to urinate

    -a decrease in the stream of urine or interrupted stream

    -the feeling that the bladder has not emptied after urination

    -blood in the urine

    -blood in semen

    -ejaculation that is painful

    If you have any of these prostate cancer
    symptoms, speak to your doctor about testing. Presence of these symptoms does not mean you have cancer of the prostate - these symptoms can also arise with other health problems as well, but should still be addressed as soon as possible.

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