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What are the side effects of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)?

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After HIFU, you may have trouble getting an erection, but this usually goes away in time and there are drugs that can help you while you regain your ability to do so. Some men also have trouble peeing or may leak urine between trips to the bathroom.

Other side effects may include pain between your testicles and your rectum, which can often be handled with medication. There's also a chance of blood in your urine, a urinary infection, and an infection in your testicles. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of any of these.

From: What Is a HIFU Procedure? WebMD Medical Reference

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?"

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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 Melinda Ratini on February 21, 2019

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 Associatio n: "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 Melinda Ratini on February 21, 2019

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