High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), A Non-Invasive Technology Now Available in the Raleigh-Durham Area to treat Prostate Cancer
CARY, North Carolina, May 13, 2016 (NC HIFU) – High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), a non-invasive technology, has been FDA-approved for use in the United States as of October 2015. Before then, this technology has been used to treat prostate cancer in over 50,000 men outside of the United States. HIFU has the ability to treat their prostate cancer with a greatly reduced occurrence of side-effects such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence that often accompanies other treatments. Many American men were willing to travel off shore to receive this treatment. Now, men in the Raleigh-Durham area have access to be able to receive this alternative treatment option.
Dr. Frank Tortora, a board-certified Urologist at Associated Urologists of North Carolina, is one of only a few Urologists in North Carolina who are certified to perform HIFU treatment for prostate cancer. He has been in practice for over thirty years and has been performing HIFU procedures for ten years. Until Monday, March 28, 2016, Dr. Tortora and his patients traveled to Cancun, Mexico and the Bahamas for their HIFU treatment, because the procedure was not yet approved by the FDA for use in the United States. “I’ve been traveling out of the country for the last ten years to perform this procedure. I’ve done about 50 in that time, so, although HIFU is new to Raleigh-Durham and the United States, it’s not new to me, which is important for patients to know. I’ve been doing this for about as long as I’ve been doing robotic prostate surgery.
“It looks like this procedure will be quite in-demand, which is understandable, given the low risk of negative side effects.”
Candidates for HIFU are men with stage 1 or 2 prostate cancer that has not spread beyond the Prostate, Dr. Tortora said, which is the type of low grade cancer that is commonly treated by active surveillance, in which the patient’s PSA levels are checked regularly. Men in this condition may choose HIFU treatment because they do not want to put up with the uncertainty of their cancer progressing.
“I especially like HIFU because it leaves the door open for other procedures in the future, if the cancer returns. For example, radiation treatment – which carries a higher risk of impotence and erectile dysfunction – closes the door on surgery, should the radiation not be successful. This is because radiation mutates the DNA of tissue so that it does not heal well after surgery. This is not a problem with HIFU.”
Additional information for HIFU treatment for Prostate Cancer in Raleigh, NC, is available at www.nchifu.com.
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About Associated Urologists of North Carolina
Associated Urologists of North Carolina is one of the largest Urology practices in North Carolina, with 16 board-certified Urologists providing advanced diagnostic treatment options for male, female, and pediatric urological problems. It has offices in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Clayton, Dunn, Clinton and Brier Creek.