Is HIFU safe for prostate cancer?

Is HIFU safe for prostate cancer?

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation of the prostate showed “adequate” short-term prostate cancer control, indicating the minimally-invasive procedure is an acceptable alternative to immediate surgery or radiation, according to new research from USC Urology, Keck Medicine of USC.

Who is eligible for HIFU treatment for prostate cancer?

Preferably less than 50% prostate biopsies involved with cancer. PSA less than 20ng/ml. Prostate volume less than 40cc and minimal prostate calcification (measured on transrectal ultrasound scan). No underlying prostate obstruction to urine flow.

What is HIFU prostate treatment?

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a prostate cancer treatment that uses the energy of highly focused ultrasound to pinpoint, heat and kill prostate cancer cells. Unlike radiation and surgery, HIFU is non-invasive (no incisions) outpatient procedure that leaves healthy tissue unharmed.

What happens to prostate after HIFU?

After HIFU, the treated prostate tissue can block the urethra. If your flow of urine is weak or slow after your catheter is taken out, speak to your doctor or nurse.

What is the success rate of HIFU for prostate cancer?

Results: HIFU overall success rate was 84% (biochemical relapses in only 4 patients out of 25). Success rate was represented as follows: 94.2% in the low risk group, 83.4% in the intermediate risk group and 0% in the high risk group.

Who is a good candidate for HIFU?

In general, the best candidates for HIFU have early, localized prostate cancer, an average size prostate, and desire a less invasive treatment that has a low risk of urinary leakage and erectile dysfunction. When cancer is confined to specific region of the prostate, Focal or Targeted HIFU treatment is possible.

How much does HIFU prostate treatment cost?

The treatment can range in cost from $15,000 to $25,000. HIFU is the latest treatment to prompt concerns over whether there should be limits — such as requiring tracking of results — placed on expensive new technology while additional data is gathered.