February 12, 2016

Five things to know about HIFU

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?

Here are five things to know about HIFU:

  1. 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.
  2. It lacks the side effects that accompany radiation and radical prostatectomy. Traditional treatments can lead to impotence or urinary problems, but the precision of HIFU significantly reduces these risks.
  3. It is an outpatient treatment patients say is pain-free. Typically following treatment, patients recover for about two hours then are ready to go home.
  4. 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.
  5. Experience matters. Positive outcomes are obtained by skilled and highly experienced HIFU physicians.

Stephen Scionti, M.D., the leading U.S. HIFU expert and Vituro Health’s medical director, says HIFU offers properly selected patients the opportunity to have their cancer treated while preserving quality of life.

“With HIFU we can treat the disease effectively with less chance of urinary leakage and sexual issues as compared to radical prostatectomy, plus offer a rapid return to normalcy,” Scionti says. “If you’re a patient and want the advantages of this non-invasive revolutionary technology, do your homework and find the best physician with the most HIFU experience that you can.”

For more information on this therapy, visit our HIFU page.

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