If you have had a biopsy to determine the stage of your prostate cancer you will have been given your TNM Staging System Results. If these results are conclusive they can indicate how large the tumour is, where it is located, whether the tumour has spread to the lymph nodes and if the cancer metastasised to other areas of the body.
These results will have a combination of the letters T (tumour), N (node) and M (metastasis) and a number to indicate the stage of each or an X if the result cannot be evaluated.
For a patient to be able to consider HIFU focal therapy as a viable treatment option, the cancer tumour needs to reside only in the prostate and has not grown outside the prostate. In the TNM system these results will be indicated be the associated number score for the T (tumour) results. The TNM results where HIFU focal therapy can be considered as a treatment option are as follows –
For TNM T (tumour) results of 3 or above the cancer tumour is also located outside of the prostate gland and is not suitable to treated with HIFU Focal Therapy, but in some special circumstances T3a cancers are also treatable with HIFU Focal Therapy.
The TNM N (node) and M (metastasis) results that indicate the cancer has not spread outside the prostate are as follows.
If your TNM Staging System result 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.