HIFU for Prostate Cancer Treatment
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment or HIFU is an effective treatment option for prostate cancer treatment. It uses high-energy sound waves to destroy prostate cancer cells instead of dangerous radiations. Unlike radiation, HIFU is very precise and doesn’t damage the tissues surrounding the cancerous zone.
HIFU was first used to treat prostate cancer around 1997. Since then, this already safe technology has gone through many improvements and become even safer.
How Does HIFU Work?
HIFU works on the principle that when high frequency sound waves are concentrated on body’s cancerous tissues, they heat up and kill those tissues. When it comes to prostate cancer, the cancer is generally located deep within the pelvis. And so, doctors use HIFU prostate cancer treatment by using a transrectal ultrasound probe, and from this position, the ultrasound waves are aimed directly and accurately at the prostate cancer, effectively destroying it.
Why Used HIFU for Prostate Cancer?
There are several advantages of HIFU for treating prostate cancer:
- It is a truly minimally invasive procedure since the body cavity is not entered.
- Since there are no incisions, the bleeding is negligible.
- HIFU is performed in an outpatient setting and doesn’t require getting admitted in the hospital.
- It can be repeated if required, especially if the disease reappears locally.
- It is very precise, and so there is minimal damage to surrounding tissues. As a result, common side-effects of surgeries and other procedures, such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction are far less likely.
- HIFU is often used when radiation therapy fails.