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Why HIFU Is Better Than Traditional Prostate Cancer Treatment

There are many treatments for prostate cancer, some of which are known to cause numerous, serious permanent side effects. Although some of these treatments are more invasive than others, there is one treatment that can successfully treat the cancer with none of the side effects of other treatments. Here are a few reasons the HIFU procedure for prostate cancer may be a better treatment for you.

Cancer

Recovery Time

HIFU stands for high-intensity focused ultrasound, which means controlled ultrasound waves are used to destroy targeted areas of the prostate gland that are cancerous. This will not affect the otherwise surrounding health tissue. A benefit of this procedure is that patients who undergo HIFU for prostate cancer have virtually no recovery time to worry about. The procedure is not surgical in nature, so once the anesthesia has worn off, there is rarely any pain to affect regular activities afterwards.

Side Effects

It’s no secret that treatments like surgery, radiation and chemotherapy cause life-altering side effects and significantly decrease quality of life. In addition, there can be serious, permanent side effects of surgery, such as urinary incontinence and impotence. HIFU is able to preserve healthy prostate tissue as well as destroy the cancerous tissue without causing any of the energy and hair loss or nausea associated with other typical cancer treatments.

Non-Invasive

A major benefit of HIFU is that it directly targets the cancerous cells. Very few other treatments are able to specifically target cancerous tissue without affecting the surrounding areas, not to mention the side effects the rest of the body suffers. HIFU is truly a non-invasive procedure because there are no drugs, incisions, or foreign elements introduced to the body. The most invasive aspect of the procedure is an endorectal probe, which is necessary to accurately direct the ultrasound waves at the targeted location. For this reason, the patient is put under general anesthesia to eliminate any discomfort.

Treatment Time

HIFU treatment is also a quick procedure. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, so most patients only take a couple hours to receive a full treatment. Very few patients have to remain in the surgical center for more than 2 or 3 hours. The lack of recovery time needed for this procedure makes it one of the fastest options available for treating prostate cancer.