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High-Energy Ultrasound Cooks Prostate Tumors

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  • 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 ultrasound.
  • 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.
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