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Advantages of HIFU:
- Repeat treatments are possible if the cancer recurs
- Normal activity can be resumed within a few days
- No incisions are required and there is no radiation toxicity
- Impotence rates against other treatments are better
Non-invasive treatment that allows speedy resumption of normal life
HIFU prostate cancer treatment is a non-invasive treatment, meaning that no incisions are made (and consequently there are no scars). The impact on neighboring organs such as the urinary sphincter (incontinence) and erector nerves is limited. The HIFU treatment probe is inserted into the rectum, enabling very easy access to the prostate, which is located immediately behind the rectum wall.
Repeatable radiation-free treatment
Unlike radiotherapy rays, ultrasound waves are quite harmless. They are used in a range of applications including ultrasound imaging during pregnancy. With HIFU technology, the same harmless waves are produced at a higher intensity and focused to produce a therapeutic effect for prostate cancer treatment.
Custom treatment – “radical” or “focal” approach
With HIFU medical devices, the urologist is able to provide personalized treatment, taking into account the anatomy of the prostate, the patient’s preferences and any other treatments already received.
The urologist may decide to treat only the diseased part of the prostate (in a “focal” strategy) rather than treating the complete prostate (“radical” strategy), in order to maintain maximum quality of life by limiting the impact on the surrounding tissue.
Robotized treatment for maximum precision and safety
The urologist plans the HIFU treatment and the machine then executes the instructions to the letter, with movements that are accurate to within a millimeter, which is not possible when working by hand.
HIFU medical devices are equipped with many automatic safety features and treatment parameters can be monitored in real time for maximum safety and effectiveness.