Then, one of my friends from the gym told me he’d seen an ad about a procedure called High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU. With HIFU, the doctor directs high-frequency sound waves to heat up and burn off diseased tissue in the prostate using an ultrasound probe. I don’t know how comfortable I felt hearing him say, ‘burning off diseased tissue’, but I appreciated hearing I may have another choice.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, after skin cancer, and an anticipated 174,650 new cases will have been diagnosed by the end of 2019. While this is not welcome news, men diagnosed with prostate cancer can find assurance in understanding the stage of their disease and treatment options, which can actually bring comfort since most prostate cancers are curable if detected early. In addition, there are treatment options available today that lower the risks of unwanted side effects, such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
The Armor Men’s Health Hour with hosts Dr. Sandeep Mistry and Donna Lee Is a weekly show covering the multitude of medical topics important to men. Listen the podcast about HIFU treatment for Prostate Cancer.
In February 2019, UCI Health in Irvine, CA became the first medical center in the U.S. to treat localized prostate cancer with one of the most precise tools for destroying diseased prostate tissue, Focal One high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).