HIFU - innovative treatment of prostate cancer Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men today. In fact, except for skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer of men. Prostate cancer occurs in the prostate gland, which contains cells that help create seminal fluid. Prostate cancer develops when cells in the prostate gland starts to mutate and grow abnormally. The scientific name for prostate cancer that occurs in the cells of the gland is adenocarcinoma.
Prostate cancer usually grows slowly. That's why men often have the condition for years before being diagnosed. In rare cases, the disease will expand rapidly and spread throughout the body without much warning. In any case, most of the harmful effects of prostate cancer is its tendency to spread to other parts of the body which can be fatal.
Doctors and scientists have not yet discovered the cause of prostate cancer. Instead, they focus on the study of known risk factors. Risk factors include age, race, diet, family history, and location.
Men who are over 65, for example, are at higher risk of developing prostate cancer than young men. Men diagnosed with prostate cancer before it spreads to other parts of the body have a great chance of survival. The reason is that the destruction or removal of the prostate also destroys or removes the cancer, effectively eliminating the problem. Prostate cancer can recur, however, even after effective treatment. There are many treatments for prostate cancer, such as surgery or radiotherapy, which are very invasive and potentially damaging. The good news is that there is a modern treatment option that surpasses all other treatments.
It is not only effective but also non-invasive. That treatment is High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU. HIFU treatment involves targeting tissues of the prostate, including cancer cells with focused ultrasound waves. These ultrasonic raise the temperature in this tissue, effectively destroying it.
The treatment takes only a few hours between one to three hours to be exact, and does not require hospitalization. HIFU is delivered through a probe inserted into the rectum. The doctor positions of the probe through pictures taken of the prostate during therapy. This allows the physician to the position of the probe around the prostate, treatment to deliver exactly where necessary.
This treatment is very effective and it minimizes cancer recurrence and negative side effects such as incontinence and impotence.