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How does high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treat prostate cancer?

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A high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) procedure to treat prostate cancer is done in many European countries. But it hasn't become very common in the U.S. Researchers are studying how well it works and what the side effects are.

Men with cancer that hasn't spread beyond the prostate may be good candidates for the surgery. Your doctor may suggest it either before you've tried other treatments or after radiation therapy that didn't help. It can also be done if the cancer comes back to your prostate. It's not used when your cancer has spread to other parts of your body.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Key statistics for prostate cancer."

University of California, Los Angeles: "High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)."

Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: "Image-guided focal therapy for prostate cancer."

European Urology: "Focal High Intensity Focused Ultrasound of Unilateral Localized Prostate cancer: A Prospective Multicentric Hemiablation Study of 111 Patients."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Ablation Therapy," "Heating and Freezing Used to Destroy Prostate Cancer Cells."

Christopher Saigal, MD, vice chairman of urology, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA.

Harvard Medical School: "FDA panel rejects high intensity focused ultrasound for early prostate cancer."

American Cancer Society: "What's new in prostate cancer research?"

Journal of the American Medical Association: "High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer: Novelty or Innovation?"

Future Oncology: "MRI-guided focal therapy of prostate cancer."

Cancer Research UK: "High intensity focal ultrasound (HIFU)."

UCLA Health: "UCLA offers high-intensity focused ultrasound treatment for prostate cancer."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Focal Therapies for Prostate Cancer."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on March 25, 2020

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Key statistics for prostate cancer."

University of California, Los Angeles: "High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)."

Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: "Image-guided focal therapy for prostate cancer."

European Urology: "Focal High Intensity Focused Ultrasound of Unilateral Localized Prostate cancer: A Prospective Multicentric Hemiablation Study of 111 Patients."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Ablation Therapy," "Heating and Freezing Used to Destroy Prostate Cancer Cells."

Christopher Saigal, MD, vice chairman of urology, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA.

Harvard Medical School: "FDA panel rejects high intensity focused ultrasound for early prostate cancer."

American Cancer Society: "What's new in prostate cancer research?"

Journal of the American Medical Association: "High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer: Novelty or Innovation?"

Future Oncology: "MRI-guided focal therapy of prostate cancer."

Cancer Research UK: "High intensity focal ultrasound (HIFU)."

UCLA Health: "UCLA offers high-intensity focused ultrasound treatment for prostate cancer."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Focal Therapies for Prostate Cancer."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on March 25, 2020

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