Hearing the word “cancer” is something that no one wants to experience. However, one in seven men will hear that word as it pertains to their prostate over their lifetime. Despite the diagnosis there are treatment options that allow the patient alternatives to invasive surgery. HIFU can greatly enhance their quality of life throughout their treatment.
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) offers a solution; and NC HIFU is the first and only practice in Raleigh and the Triangle to implement the Sonablate® technology. It is the first ultrasound technology of its kind to be cleared by the FDA to treat prostate tissue directly with sound waves. Is it right for you? To find out, read below to learn a little more about the procedure.
HIFU is one of several treatment options for early-stage prostate cancer. When the disease is confined in the prostate gland, we call this “localized cancer” because it has yet to spread outside of the prostate capsule where it can travel to other parts of the body. Catching prostate cancer early gives men the non-surgical option of HIFU.
As for all treatment options for prostate cancer, there are many factors that go into choosing which would be best for you and your lifestyle. These include a patient’s age and overall health; the stage of his cancer; the aggressiveness of his cancer; his current quality of life, including sexual activity. The goal of treatment is to eliminate the cancer with little to no impact on urinary, sexual and bowel function. Thus, many factors go into making a treatment decision. The first step in deciding if HIFU is right for you, is to have a HIFU consultation.
HIFU is an excellent choice for patients with localized cancer who want better results than surgery or radiation. It’s an excellent choice for patients who want minimal risk of negative side effects and a quick return to their normal activity level.
When meeting for your HIFU consult, you will be able to discuss your thoughts and concerns in greater detail and make an informed decision if HIFU is right for you here in North Carolina.