January 6, 2017
Why Haven’t I Heard About HIFU?
Life can change drastically upon hearing you have an elevated PSA level or a diagnosis of prostate cancer. In searching for answers to determine your next step, you have certainly come across many treatment options. One treatment you may not have heard of yet is HIFU, or High Intensity Focused Ultrasound. HIFU was cleared for prostate tissue ablation in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration in October 2015. The minimally invasive procedure offers a limited side effect profile, which leads to an increased quality of life for the patient. So, what is HIFU and why haven’t I heard of this procedure before now?
One reason may be that HIFU was just recently FDA cleared in the United States. Despite the recent FDA clearance, the procedure has been available in other countries for over a decade. Meaning, even though HIFU is relatively new to the United States, doctors in Europe, The Bahamas, and The Cayman Islands have been successfully performing the procedure for over 10 years.
A lack of physicians who are experienced and trained to perform the procedure in the United States has lead to less publicity. Dr. James Cochran has been performing high intensity focused ultrasound treatments outside of the United States since 2005 while awaiting FDA approval of the technology. As such, Dr. Cochran has a unique perspective on the evolution and efficacy of the technology. Additionally, Dr. Cochran is active in research and development of new treatments for all phases of urologic disease. He has been the principal investigator for the FDA in over 40 studies evaluating new diagnostic and treatment methods for prostate cancer. In total, Dr. Cochran has participated in over 80 different clinical trials for treatment of urologic conditions.
There are many effective ways to treat prostate cancer, all with varying side effects. Between HIFU, surgery and radiation, choosing the right treatment option for your cancer depends on several different factors. Finding the right treatment will depend on your specific diagnosis and overall medical condition.
If you are interested in learning more about HIFU, call 866-4VITURO (848876)