A German researcher
reports another option may become available to treat patients with prostate
cancer, joining standard treatments like surgery, radiation, and hormone
therapy. The new technique uses a probe inserted into the rectum so cancer
cells in the nearby prostate gland may be heated and killed with
A recent study showed
nearly 80% of the 440 men treated had a cancer-free follow-up test, or biopsy.
Nearly all had a clear biopsy after a second treatment of high intensity
focused ultrasound, or HIFU.
Doctors still don't
know how HIFU's results will compare to surgery, and some comment that they
would still steer their patients to the surgical route.