A NON-invasive prostate cancer treatment billed as the biggest step forward in 20 years is effective, a study has confirmed.Focal therapy prevents side-effects related to surgery and radiotherapy, and means patients can recover at home.
This procedure uses high-intensity ultrasound to heat cancer tissue with millimetre precision or cryotherapy to cool it.
Few public hospitals have the equipment and doctors are sceptical due to lack of long-term data.
But Imperial College London claims to have gathered enough evidence to support its general use.
Professor Hashim Ahmed, a leading prostate cancer expert, said: “Our study has shown that focal therapy carries up to ten-fold reductions in urine leak and sexual problems.