Five Things to Know About HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) Treatment for Prostate Cancer
Life can change dramatically upon hearing you have an elevated PSA level or a diagnosis of prostate cancer. In searching for answers to determine your next step, you may have come across the term HIFU. You may have also learned that HIFU, or high intensity focused ultrasound, was cleared for prostate tissue ablation in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration in October 2015.
- But did you know that HIFU has been in development for 30 years, and was first used in Europe to treat prostate cancer in 1995?
- Did you know that UCA’s Drs. Andrew Strang and Bryant Poole are the only certified physicians in Alabama performing this procedure?
Here are five things to know about HIFU:
- It is a minimally-invasive procedure personalized to each patient, no surgery and no radiation necessary. Precision focused sound waves hit tissue and kill it, leaving surrounding tissue alone.
- It lacks the side effects that accompany radiation and radical prostatectomy. The precision of HIFU significantly reduces these risks of common side effects like erectile or urinary problems.
- It is an outpatient treatment that patients say is pain-free. Typically following treatment, patients recover for about two hours. Then, are ready to go home.
- It is well-studied. Several studies have been published on HIFU effectiveness showing men with low-and moderate-risk disease achieve excellent disease-free rates and excellent negative biopsy rates.
- Experience matters. Positive outcomes are obtained by skilled and highly experienced HIFU physicians.
To learn more about HIFU, please click here or talk to your Urologist to determine if this is a treatment option for you.
* Not everyone is a candidate for HIFU. If you have had any of the following treatments/procedures: Prostatectomy, Trelstar, Firmagon, Bone Mets or if you are currently under the care of Dr. Hamilton, Dr. Larson or Dr. Duncan for treatment or had previous treatment with them, you are not a candidate for HIFU.