After HIFU treatment, it is important that you are monitored for a minimum of 10 years by your GP and hospital. Although most men can expect a cure from this treatment, some cancer cells may remain, or the cancer may re-occur.
You will need regular check-ups and PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood tests after prostate cancer treatment. Usually the PSA will be first tested three months after your HIFU procedure, then at three monthly intervals for the first year.
We will ask your GP to take over the PSA monitoring and to update us with the readings. After this time, if the PSA is stable we will advise the frequency of PSA monitoring be reduced to six monthly intervals for a period of two years, then at annual intervals.
We would anticipate a reduction in the PSA value after HIFU. The amount the PSA value may fall but varies from man to man and depending on how much of the prostate is left behind.
We do not yet know the optimal level it may fall by. An MRI scan is done after one year and may sometimes be repeated.
You will also be monitored for any urine or erection problems and offered support or treatment, as necessary. If you experience any difficulties with your erections or urine symptoms, please speak to your doctor or contact your nurse specialist.
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.