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High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Focal Therapy For Prostate Cancer

Every prostate cancer patient who has early to intermediate stage prostate cancer or is on active surveillance (watchful waiting) could be suitable for HIFU Focal Therapy.

The option of HIFU treatment is not always widely discussed as a treatment option at this stage and instead the active surveillance continues until more radical treatment is needed.

HIFU Focal Therapy is a successful and viable treatment at this waiting stage to cure the patient’s prostate cancer and just as importantly to enable the patient to no longer be a cancer sufferer.

“Where appropriate Focal Therapy provides effective cancer control with minimal impact upon sexual potency or urinary continence.”
Mr Mark Laniado Consultant and Prostate Cancer Lead, Wexham Park Hospital, Berkshire

It has been through extensive clinical trials in the UK, Europe and the USA. The most extensive trial was conducted in the UK and has shown that HIFU has an equivalent efficacy for curing cancer, but much reduced side effects.

These trials are detailed in our Evidence section of our site, but please find below the highlighted detail relevant to outcomes.

10 Year UK Clinical Trial: 625 men were treated with HIFU Focal Therapy

Cancer Control

Urinary Continence

Sexual Potency

HIFU is recognised as proven to be a highly effective way of treating localised prostate cancer. In comparison to radical treatments it is minimally invasive which leads to minimal to no side effects.

The treatment is conducted under image guidance and is highly precise in its application for the non-invasive destruction of small amounts of cancerous tissue within the prostate glandRecovery time after treatment is also much quicker than more invasive treatments and most men are back to normal living within days.

High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is the predominant treatment for prostate cancer within focal therapy with over 10,000 patients treated across Europe, the UK, Asia and the USA. Whilst HIFU is a pioneering treatment for prostate cancer, the treatment itself was first developed in the early 1940s. In a small percentage of cases in patients with large prostate glands HIFU may not be suitable. In these cases other focal therapies are used such as Cryo-Therapy or Nano-Knife. 

Dr Harrison – HIFU Patient

“It was one of those situations where you think, how could this happen to me. I treat disease every day of one form or another and now it is coming my direction. I then got on the internet, like anybody would, and began to search what my options were… and I discovered HIFU.”

“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)

Get In Touch

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.