One of the most common cancers to affect men in the United States is prostate cancer. In the last year alone, more than 240,000 men were diagnosed with the cancer and the majority of those men are over the age of 65 according to Cancer.org. With the illness being so prominent, it becomes a firsthand concern to find a treatment which will successfully eliminate the disease in men. One of the newest treatments for the cancer is called HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound, and the CMUA HIFU Center offers a specialty option called Sonablate HIFU. Just what is this treatment? How can it help to treat prostate cancer? Who qualifies to undergo the treatment? These are all very good questions.
What is HIFU?
There are different types of the treatment, but the Sonablate HIFU that is offered through the CMUA HIFU Center is a focused method of treating the cancer while causing the least amount of physical harm possible. Through this treatment, the cancer is targeted specifically. In some cases, the whole prostate must be targeted depending on the growth of the cancerous cells. When the proper area is targeted, then ultrasound is used. With ultrasound waves heat up the targeted area, the temperature will be raised drastically in a very short amount of time. The result from this will be destroyed cancer tissue without doing harm to the tissue surrounding the area. This is a procedure that is classified as minimal invasive and it has a much shorter recovery time.
The HIFU Treatments
There are different ways that the CMUA HIFU Center can provide the cancer treatment to patients, and the proper procedure for each patient will need to be determined on a number of factors. Some of the procedures that can be used with HIFU to provide elimination of prostate cancer include the following:
- Standard Sonablate HIFU
When the cancer is contained within the prostate but has taken over the organ, then this treatment heats up the whole prostate for destruction of the cancer.
- Focal HIFU
Another treatment option is called focal. This is used when only a tumor has formed that has not yet spread. This allows the treatment to pinpoint the tumor and nothing else.
- Salvage HIFU
Used when the problem is recurrent prostate cancer in order to destroy the cancer while salvaging as much of the surrounding tissue as possible.
The Advantages of Sonablate HIFU
The CMUA HIFU Center offers this procedure because it offers numerous advantages over previously used prostate cancer treatments. Anyone who is facing treatment choices will want to know what those advantages are in order to determine if this is the right treatment for them. Here are some of the advantages to choosing this procedure.
- Minimally invasive, which means a shorter recovery time.
- Zero use of radiation so the patient will not face side effects from radiation treatments.
- A vast majority of patients keep their continence and erectile function, which is often lost in other types of cancer treatments.
- This procedure can be used more than once without physical harm should the cancer return.
- Other treatments can be used in the future without issue.
HIFU is such a successful treatment for prostate cancer that thousands of men have already chosen it. The CMUA HIFU Center makes it easy for patients to choose Sonablate HIFU for their own treatment. With this option, men will be able to get their cancer treated in a day and they will not have to go through physically stressful radiation or chemotherapy treatments. With a high success rate and fewer side effects, this is the prostate cancer treatment that more and more men will choose.
This guest blog provided by Dr. Kevin Blumenthal. Dr. Blumenthal is one of the preeminent HIFU surgeons in the United States. To find out more, visit www.marylandprostatecancercenter.com.