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Hormone Therapy (ADT) and HIFU Focal Therapy

Hormone therapy (sometimes called Androgen Deprivation Therapy or ADT) is not needed if you are suitable and wish to treat your prostate cancer with HIFU Focal Therapy.
Have you recently been advised that hormone therapy is going to be a part of your prostate cancer treatment because of the delays in other treatments due to the Coronavirus pandemic?

If you are concerned about the side-effects of hormone therapy or are experiencing them, we are here to offer help and advice.

Whilst hormone therapy is an effective treatment for many men with prostate cancer and can effectively slow down the spread of the disease, it is not without side-effects. These include:

  • Lethargy
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Depression
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Loss of memory

“There are many patients who have been started – following the guidelines that were issued – on hormonal therapy, which we would not normally give.”
Mr Tim Dudderidge, Urological Consultant at University Hospital, Southampton, Berkshire

HIFU Focal Therapy may be a viable treatment option for you if you have early or intermediate stage prostate cancer and are currently considering your treatment options in general, and also in relation to the delays you may be experiencing in receiving treatment or further tests.

Prostate cancer can be reduced and controlled using hormone therapy which is often referred to as Androgen Deprivation Therapy or ADT. It does this by reducing your body’s ability to produce testosterone. Lower testosterone helps to halt the progression of prostate cancer as testosterone usually aids prostate cancer cells to increase.

“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

Mark Laniado from The Focal Therapy Clinic and Prostate Cancer Lead at Wexham Park Hospital states, “We’ve had patients who’ve had a diagnosis of prostate cancer who have been told, well, we would normally treat you by surgery or radiotherapy, but at the moment we can’t do so.” He continues, “So what we’re going to do is ___ suggest that you go onto hormonal therapy, which is called androgen deprivation therapy, and that means effectively, chemically castrating men, which means getting rid of the male hormone testosterone that can have quite profound side effects.”

“Much of the country have their prostate services in the same site as where the Coronavirus patients were being looked after. As a result, their prostate cancer services were more or less paralysed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”, said The Focal Therapy Clinics’ Tim Dudderidge who is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at University Hospital Southampton.

“The men that have been put on hormones, the vast majority of them don’t like it.”, Raj Nigam of The Focal Therapy Clinic and Urological Surgeon at the Royal Surrey County Hospital said in a recent interview. He continued, “We have to start off by qualifying this because there are some men that have to have hormones — (however) there are a lot of other men that have been put on hormonal therapy, which under normal circumstances would not have been.”

If you are having hormone therapy and have early or intermediate stage localised prostate cancer, we are here to help you by assessing your suitability for HIFU and give you all the information you need to consider this as a treatment option.

“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.