Sonablate High Intensity Focused Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer (HIFU)

Prostate Cancer

Next to skin cancer, Prostate cancer is the most prevailant form of cancer in men and the third leading cause of male cancer related mortality. Generally, prostate cancer is slow growing. However, there are cases where the diease can grow and spread rapidly. Even with the latest research, it can be difficult to distinguish between a fast growing cancer requiring immediate care and a slower one.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

In the early stages of the disease, Few symptoms may show. However, as the tumor advances, Certain symptoms may become more prevalent over time

Symptoms of prostate cancer

  • A weak urinary system
  • An inability to urinate
  • Interruption of the urinary stream
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Blood in the urine

Who's at risk for prostate cancer?

  • Men over the age of 40
  • Known risk factors including age, race and family history

What is High Intensity Focused Ultrasound?

There are many treatments for prostate cancer. Traditional treatments include hormone therapy, cryotherapy, radiation therapy and prostate removal. While the appropriate procedure for your given situation is best determined by your doctor, each treatment has their own advantages and disadvantages.

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound is a new and innovative way to treat prostate cancer that is minimally invasive and highly precise. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU works by destroying cancerous tissue with highly focused sound waves. These ultrasound waves "cook" the tissue to 90 degrees in a matter of seconds. Any tissue not within the focus area is unaffected by the procedure.

Advantages of HIFU Disadvantages of HIFU
  • No blood loss
  • Quick recovery
  • Non Surgical
  • Radiation Free
  • An Outpatient Procedure
  • no longterm data (20-30 years)
  • Potential risk of incontinence
  • Potential risk of impotence

Sonablate HIFU

HIFU Sonablate 500

The Sonablate HIFU medical device is developed by Focus Surgery, inc. to treat prostate cancer and benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH).

  • Features of the Sonablate HIFU medical device include
  • Ensures patient comfort during the procedure
  • Allows physician the flexibility to treat large prostates (up to 50 grams
  • Incorporates 3d imaging for enhanced prostate visualization to enhance your phsicians ability to apply treatment
  • Allows the physician to make use of real-time ultrasound images during treatment.

For more information, Call your doctor and download this packet of information