HIFU Focal Therapy can be used to treat prostate cancer that has been diagnosed as having a Gleason Score of 7 or below and has not spread outside of the prostate.
If you have had an MRI/biopsy and been given a diagnosis of prostate cancer you will have some results that you now need to consider. You will have been told your Gleason Score which is used to evaluative the stage of your prostate cancer, how aggressive the cancer is and how likely it is to spread outside of the prostate.
The Gleason grading system is based upon cells viewed under a microscope. The pattern structure of these cells indicate how quickly they are likely to grow. The pattern grade is scored between 1 and 5. If you have prostate cancer, you will have Gleason grades of 3, 4 or 5. The higher the grade, the more likely the cancer is to spread outside the prostate.
The results from your biopsy will have one or more grades of cancer and the overall Gleason Score is derived from adding the most common grade in the samples to the second highest grade.
The first score is the most common grade in all the samples. The second is the highest grade of what is left. When these two grades are added together, the total is called the Gleason Score.
The Gleason Score and grade groups when HIFU focal therapy can be considered as a treatment option are below.
If your Gleason Score and grade is of the type where HIFU focal therapy is a viable treatment option then there may be no need for prolonged Active Surveillance, surgery or radiotherapy.
Below is a simple diagram outlining the different treatment options for prostate cancer and the risk of side effects for those treatments.
As a group of consultants we are passionate about all prostate cancer sufferers knowing about all of their treatment options.
Based upon the details that you know and can provide to us, we will send you a Plain English personalised preliminary suitability report for HIFU Focal Therapy treatment of your prostate cancer.
You can use the information we provide in your conversations with your existing NHS and/or private treatment consultant. Should you wish to talk with us further we would be grateful to help you, but there is absolutely no obligation for you to do so whatsoever.