Vituro Health Has A New Method For Treating Prostate Cancer
June 21, 2017
An Alabama company has partnered with a Las Vegas medical practice to treat prostate cancer in a less invasive manner.
Vituro Health, a comprehensive prostate cancer care company, has struck a deal with doctors at the Urology Center of Las Vegas to provide the equipment and training for a new medical procedure approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2015.
The equipment is stored and procedures done at the Sunset Surgery Center in Las Vegas. The physicians use a high intensity focused ultrasound technology that’s the latest treatment for prostate cancer with reduced side effects, said Vituro Health Chief Executive Officer Clete Walker.
The procedure is considered minimally invasive because it eradicates prostate cancer by precisely focusing sound waves on a target spot, Walker said. The process results in the creation of heat due to the interaction between the sound waves and the cancerous tissue to destroy cancer cells, he said.
Michael Verni, a urologist at the Urology Center, said the procedure has been used in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean for a decade, but had to make its way through the FDA-approval process before it could be done in the U.S.
It’s a welcome addition to the options of treating prostate cancer, Verni said. It’s part of a shift in the treatment of prostate cancer that, 30 years ago, was treated by depriving patients of testosterone and amputating testicles, he said.
Surgery and radiation are options, but they come with risks of impotency and incontinence, he added.
“Those treatments have been involving the entire prostate gland, and if you had a tiny cancer, you had to treat the entire prostate with radiation or with surgery,” Verni said.
“With this, you can focus the beam of the ultrasound, which destroys the tissue, but (is) very precise to 1 millimeter. With advancements in imaging and ultrasound, you can spare the nerves and blood vessels to preserve potency and continence.”
Read the full article from the Las Vegas Business Press.
Patients seeking HIFU treatment can make appointments with partner physicians by calling 1.866.4VITURO (848876) or visiting the Vituro Health contact page.