If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, one of the many concerns you may have is just how much treatment will affect your everyday life. Only so many years ago, even early stages of prostate cancer were treated aggressively, resulting in over-treatment and uncomfortable side effects that negatively impact quality of life, including erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
As pioneers of high intensity focused ultrasound in Los Angeles, Comprehensive Urology is proud to offer HIFU treatment to our prostate cancer patients. Our team of urologists has extensive training and experience with this procedure and with prostate cancer treatment in general. With a collective experience of over 125 years and over 3,000 prostate surgeries performed to date, the doctors at Comprehensive Urology are Los Angeles’ top prostate cancer specialists.
What is HIFU?
High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a procedure in which high frequency ultrasound waves are used to heat and destroy cancer cells within the prostate. The HIFU probe is inserted into the rectum and placed at the correct position near the prostate using computer imaging. HIFU focuses on a small location no bigger than a grain of rice and heats to nearly 100 degrees Celsius within three seconds. The highly focused treatment area ensures that tissue outside of the focal point is untouched as the HIFU ultrasound waves pass through the body without causing harm.
The HIFU procedure can treat the entire prostate or only parts that have cancer cells. Depending on the area being treated, the HIFU procedure can take between one and four hours.
Because HIFU uses a focal therapy technique, urologists in Los Angeles are able to provide pinpoint ultrasound treatment to cancer cells. By doing so, only cancerous tissues is treated by the HIFU process, which results in effective treatment targeting the issue and allows for surrounding healthy tissue to be preserved. Prostate health and function has a great degree of successful recovery from the HIFU treatment laser, which allows patients to resume healthy everyday lives. The same cannot be said for other forms of cancer treatment that affect bowel function.
What are the Benefits of HIFU?
High intensity focused ultrasound is an ideal treatment for those who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer that has not spread beyond the prostate gland. HIFU has numerous benefits over traditional prostate cancer surgery treatments, including the following:
- Precise, targeted ultrasound therapy ensures that only cancer cells are affected
- Ultrasound waves do not harm surrounding tissue
- Reduced recovery time as only minimal cell damage is caused to the prostate
- Minimal side effects
- No hospital stay (outpatient procedure)
- Better preserved bladder control
- Reduced risk of erectile dysfunction
HIFU is one of the latest treatment options available for prostate cancer, so it is crucial to work with a urologist who has extensive experience and training to ensure the best possible outcomes. At Comprehensive Urology, we will discuss your potential treatment options and the pros and cons of HIFU to help you make an informed, confident decision about your care.
Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent diseases among men in the United States, but fortunately, when diagnosed in its earliest stages, can be safely and successfully treated with HIFU. At Comprehensive Urology, our expert urologists understand that it is not enough to simply beat cancer, but it is equally as important to preserve a patient’s quality of life as much as possible, which is why we are proud to offer this treatment to our patients.
Contact a HIFU Specialist in Beverly Hills
If you would like to learn more about high intensity focused ultrasound, please contact Comprehensive Urology in Los Angeles today. Our team offers tailored, personalized HIFU treatments to help each patient maintain an active and healthy quality of life. Make a confidential appointment online to schedule a HIFU consultation with one of our experts.
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