Focal Therapy is the minimally-invasive alternative prostate cancer treatment.
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is an outpatient treatment for prostate cancer that doesn’t involve surgery or radiation. HIFU cures prostate cancer while allowing the man to maintain the highest possible quality of life, including continence and erectile function.
How does it work?
Our HIFU system captures real-time images of the prostate, allowing the doctor to create a customized treatment plan for each patient. Once the treatment plan is mapped, the doctor delivers the ultrasound energy to targeted sites, or focal points, throughout the prostate gland.
HIFU treatment is focal, meaning that the ultrasound heat only destroys the unhealthy tissue, leaving the healthy part of the prostate intact.
Is HIFU treatment effective?
Among patients who have been treated with HIFU, 87% report no cancer after 5 years.*
Here’s how HIFU compares to the other treatment options.
* Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease (2016) 19, 79–83; doi:10.1038/pcan.2015.55; published online 24 November 2015
Why choose HIFU?
Men affected by prostate cancer choose HIFU treatment because it’s effective and allows them to maintain their quality of life. Most common concerns after surgical and radiation treatments are urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. The rate of these side effects after HIFU is dramatically lower than with any other treatment.
What can I expect during and after the procedure?
HIFU is an outpatient procedure performed under light sedation. The treatment takes one to two hours and you will be able to return home the same day.
You may require a catheter for a few days following the procedure. Your treating doctor will discuss this with you.
Cialis/Levitra/Viagra-type medications should be taken as directed. These medications assist with the healing process even if you anticipate no sexual activity.
PSA tests are used to track your outcome from the HIFU procedure. We recommend tests at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months post-treatment. During the second year the PSA should be monitored at 6-month intervals. Once your PSA level is stable, your doctor will determine the appropriate interval for monitoring.
What is normal after the procedure?
You may have the following temporary side effects:
- Body aches for a few days
- Blood and clots in urine
- Tissue fragments in urine
- Urine leaking, particularly around the catheter insertion
- Stinging or tingling sensation at the tip of the penis for a few days
Do I qualify for HIFU?
Not every man diagnosed with prostate cancer is a candidate for HIFU. We evaluate each case individually and use test results to determine patients’ eligibility for the treatment.
If you have your biopsy results and / or ultrasound report on hand, send us a message and we’ll get back to you with your eligibility assessment.