Prostrate cancer has, in recent years, become a far more treatable type of cancer than it was in the past. Modern technology has allowed for the development of new treatment methods that are far more advantageous than previous ones, and one of the most prominent of these methods is high-intensity focused ultrasound treatment, or HIFU. This treatment works by focusing an intense beam of heat to the affected area, destroying cancerous cells in the process. So if you or a loved one is suffering from prostrate cancer, read more below about three advantages HIFU offers, and consult with your doctor to see if it may be the right treatment option for you.

Less Invasive

HIFU is less invasive than alternative methods, meaning you won't have to undergo lengthy surgery or recover from operations that leave massive external scars. While HIFU will result in scarring of the prostrate, most patients are willing to trade the possibility of large, noticeable external scars in exchange for less noticeable interior ones. Because the procedure is less invasive, it also means that the duration of your hospital stay will be reduced. This saves time and money, and allows you to be back on your feet sooner than you otherwise could be.

Increased Eligibility

Like other treatment methods, HIFU is often an option for those whose cancer has not spread outside of the prostrate gland. Those with advanced cancer may find that they are limited to other treatments, but even if you have already undergone radiation therapy for prostrate cancer, HIFU isn't ruled out from your list of treatment options. Undergoing HIFU treatment after radiation therapy is known by many as "salvage HIFU", as it attempts to destroy any cancerous cells that the radiation therapy hasn't already killed. 

Minimal Side Effects

HIFU is a new treatment, and as such, doesn't have the volumes of data and research behind it that other, more established treatment methods have. That said, there appear to be minimal side effects stemming from HIFU. Even ongoing pain or discomfort in the lower back is rare among patients that undergo the procedure. Little is known about long term drawbacks or side effects, but as HIFU is still an experimental treatment option, your doctor will monitor you in the months and years after the treatment. 

If you or someone you are close to is suffering from prostrate cancer, and you think that HIFU sounds like a viable treatment, contact your doctor to explore your options. For more information, contact International HIFU.