For many men who have prostate cancer HIFU Focal Therapy is a potential alternative to prostatectomy surgery. HIFU Focal Therapy is a highly effective treatment for prostate cancer, but has far less side effects compared with more radical treatments.
Radical treatments for prostate cancer such as prostatectomy are crucial in the cure of prostate cancer for many patients. We are a group of consultants that fully utilise these treatment options for our patients and have done so successfully for many years. We use these when treating the cancer to preserve life is the foremost priority.
“Many patients having focal therapy do better from a functional point of view than patients having radical treatment.”
Mr Mark Laniado Consultant and Prostate Cancer Lead, Wexham Park Hospital, Berkshire
This is because for most men who have a radical prosatectomy, the impact on urinary and sexual function is severe and permanent. It is crucially important for all men who have prostate cancer to know all of their treatment options and those relevant to the stage of their cancer. HIFU Focal Therapy suitability should always be considered as an effective and low side effect treatment.
“We have over 5 years evidence of focal therapy treatment for prostate cancer from the UK HIFU Registry.”
Mr Tim Dudderidge, Urological Consultant at University Hospital, Southampton, Berkshire.
Unfortunately in the vast majority of cases radical prostatectomy surgery for prostate cancer comes with significant side effects. The main two of these are erectile dysfunction and bladder incontinence. What is for certain is that the procedure will have a significant recovery period in line with the radical nature of the treatment.
There are many situations where a radical prostatectomy can be chosen too early in the patient’s treatment cycle. There are also occurrences where a prostatectomy may never have to be used if other treatment options had been considered and utilised first.
A significant study was carried out by The European Association of Urology entitled “Are We Improving Erectile Function Recovery After Radical Prostatectomy? Analysis of Patients Treated over the Last Decade“. This study provides a very good insight into some of the potential outcomes for erectile function after a prostatectomy is performed.
Despite advances in surgical techniques and the postoperative management of patients treated by radical prostatectomy, loss of erectile function and/or urinary incontinence after surgery is a side effect that occurs often and is common.
We believe HIFU Focal Therapy should always be considered as a potential treatment option for patients whose prostate cancer has not spread beyond the prostate gland and has a Gleason score of 7 or less. In all cases of this type we believe that focal therapy should be an important factor in the next stages of treatment.
“It is important to realise the effects of side effects of treatment have now become paramount for a lot of men.”
Mr Raj Nigam, Consultant Urological Surgeon
“HIFU is something people need to be aware of – I believe this treatment should be more widely available and more widely promoted. It wasn’t something suggested to me as a possibility by my urologist and I actually raised it myself. I would recommend HIFU and in fact have recommended it to others.”Keith (The Focal Therapy Clinic Patient)
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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.