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There is a failure rate of 15% for men who have had Radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer. The development of salvage focal therapy has been transformative as it offers these men a chance to cure, or to prevent the progression of, their cancer – and to avoid further invasive treatment and long term Hormone therapy.
Two of our consultants, Mr Tim Dudderidge and Mr Raj Nigam, have been pioneering focal salvage treatments over many years. They have both participated in major clinical trials that have established the value of Focal Therapy as a salvage treatment for patients with recurrent prostate cancer following Radiotherapy.
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When diagnosed with radio-recurrent localised prostate cancer, men are usually offered radical treatments like Radical Prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate) and Hormone / Radiotherapy treatments.
These treatments are, for many patients, vital in preserving life because of the stage their prostate cancer has reached.
For other men, whose illness is not progressive or as severe, focal salvage therapy is a viable treatment option that carry fewer side effects which can severely impact a man’s urinary, bowel and sexual function.
Focal salvage therapy delivers treatment to the affected part of the prostate while preserving other structures like nerves and sphincter mechanisms.
While the aim of the treatment is to eradicate the cancer, in some cases a small amount of low-risk cancer which doesn’t pose a significant risk to the patient can be left untreated.
In this way, focal salvage therapy is a method of oncological control which prevents progressive disease and manages prostate cancer, replacing the need for intrusive and often unsuccessful interventions.
Typical prostate cancer treatments like Radical Prostatectomy and Radiotherapy are commonly associated with serious side effects including erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
By targeting treatments to the tumour and avoiding structures that surround the prostate gland, focal salvage therapy seeks to limit the side effects of prostate cancer treatment in properly selected patients.
In comparison to traditional treatments, focal salvage therapy is also minimally invasive and has a short procedure time with little associated pain or discomfort, and no overnight hospital stay required.
Your recovery time should be swift – you will be able to return to work and resume your usual activities within a couple of days.
If you have been diagnosed with recurrent prostate cancer, or have had radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer that hasn’t been successful, get in touch with The Focal Therapy Clinic to find out if focal salvage therapy is a viable option for you.
As a group of consultants we are passionate about prostate cancer sufferers knowing about all of their treatment options.
We know that settling on the right treatment is a big decision for you. If you would like to speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable patient advocates about your diagnosis and the HIFU Focal Therapy treatment option then please do not hesitate to get in touch today.
All enquiries to The Focal Therapy Clinic are confidential, and we are delighted to offer our advice and support with no obligation.