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Why HIFU?

By Peter Sinaiko MD FACS | HIFU Therapy

I have been treating prostate cancer for over 35 years using every available modality during that period of time to treat thousands of patients. Today HIFU, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, represents the ultimate prostate cancer treatement because it is applicable in nearly every instance where prostate cancer is limited to the prostate gland without distant spread. It works in a way that preserves a patient’s quality of life and allows him to rapidly return to his pre-treatment vitality.

First let me explain what HIFU is and how it works. HIFU harnesses ultrasound in such a way that it can be used to destroy prostate cancer tissue. It does so by means of heating the tissue to a temperature for a period of time that will allow the destruction of the living cells that comprise the prostate and the prostate cancer. Once these cells are converted to a “proteinaceous slurry,” they no longer pose a risk to the host. This is accomplished by placing an ultrasound probe capable of emitting high-powered ultrasound in the rectum. Converging ultrasound beams, created by a transrectal probe travels through the tissue until it reaches the prostate. At that point the beams converge creating the heat necessary to destroy tissue. These beams are absolutely harmless to the patient until they converge in the prostate. Each convergence … Read entire post