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How HIFU Is Better Than Traditional Cancer Treatment

Prostate cancer is a scary diagnosis; fortunately, many men are able to be treated successfully, especially if the cancer is only in the prostate. Surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, or chemotherapy may be used in the treatment, but many of these treatments have negative side effects. That’s why HIFU for prostate cancer is an attractive option for many men. HIFU is a viable treatment option for those whose cancer is localized to the prostate gland, and for men whose likelihood of recurrence is low. If you think this is a possibility for you, here are the benefits of HIFU prostate cancer treatment.

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Non-Invasive

Many other treatments for prostate cancer are very invasive, especially surgery, which can not only cause numerous problems like impotence, hernia, and urine leakage, but as with any surgery, there are risks associated with the incision itself. HIFU is high intensity focused ultrasound, which means a beam is delivered directly to the cancerous cells without an incision. There’s no recovery time as with surgery and none of the life-altering side effects of chemotherapy or radiation.

Painless

HIFU uses an endorectal probe, so the procedure is done under anesthesia. This, of course, makes the actual procedure itself painless, but even the recovery is almost pain-free. There is mild discomfort, which fades away very quickly, within a few days. There is no trauma to the muscle or tissue, so the healing process is much quicker and easier than with other treatments.

Better Quality of Life

Surgery is not only invasive, but can greatly impact quality of life when side effects like loss of bladder control and impotency occur. HIFU can target extremely small malignant tumors and still preserve healthy prostate tissue. In addition, there is better quality of life throughout the treatments because patients don’t deal with energy loss, nausea, hair loss, or incision pain that’s common with other typical prostate cancer treatments.