Hearing a doctor say that you have prostate cancer can be a challenging and difficult time for many men. Of course, it’s important that you have an expert medical team on your side to help create a treatment plan that caters to your individual needs and health. Everyone’s health and lifestyle factors are different and you want a doctor who can meet these needs and also provide you with the latest in technology and techniques to give you the optimal medical care.
If you’ve been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer or if your prostate cancer has returned, then our doctor may recommend that you get high intensity focal ultrasound (HIFU) to treat your prostate cancer. Through the use of high-frequency sound waves, we are able to target, heat up and destroy cancer cells.
HIFU treatment isn’t for everyone. If your prostate cancer has metastasized to other areas of the body then HIFU will not be the best approach. This is because HIFU’s ultrasound technology can only target the whole prostate (whole prostate HIFU) or certain regions of cancer within the prostate (Focal HIFU).
Prior to getting HIFU treatment, we will have to perform an MRI scan and a biopsy of the prostate to determine the best course of action for treating your cancer. An MRI will allow us to see where the cancer is and where it has spread throughout the prostate. The biopsy will also pinpoint the location and the likelihood that the cancer will spread outside the prostate.
Before undergoing HIFU treatment, you will take an enema the morning of your procedure to make sure the bowels are completely clear. In most cases, general anesthesia is administered so you will be asleep during the procedure. A small probe will be inserted into the rectum. This probe emits sound waves, which will target the back of the prostate.
Since the sound waves only destroy a very small region of cancer cells at a time, the probe will have to be moved around in order to effectively target and eliminate all cancer cells. While the probe is emitting sound waves it’s also providing images through its ultrasonic technology so that we are direct the probe exactly where it needs to go.
Expect a focal HIFU to take about one to two hours with a whole-prostate HIFU taking about three hours. We will sit down and discuss which form of HIFU treatment is most suitable to your needs.
If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and want to find out if HIFU is the right treatment for you then call our office today at (904) 727-7955 to book your treatment consultation.