Birmingham healthcare company helps men get innovative new treatment for prostate cancer
October 11, 2016
When Clete Walker’s father developed prostate cancer 15 years ago, the treatment options were limited. Even worse, the available options resulted in side effects that impacted a patient’s life forever.
“I went through the whole treatment process with my father, from the diagnosis to what he needed to do and what options were available to him,” said Walker. “It was all so new to us, and we really didn’t have anyone to help us understand how the treatment would affect his life.”
Walker’s father chose to undergo prostate surgery, which eliminated the cancer. But today, he is still dealing with some side effects as a result of the surgery.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death in American men. Although there have been effective treatment options when the cancer is detected early, they were not always ideal solutions. In those days, the only options available to men were undergoing surgery to remove the prostate gland or radiation treatments – both of which can cause side effects, including erectile dysfunction and incontinence.
In the years since his father’s diagnosis, Walker has continued to seek better options for prostate cancer patients. In July 2015, he learned of a noninvasive procedure, known as high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), which results in few or no side effects.
Read the full article from Alabama News Center reporter Carla Davis here