Disclaimer: despite more than 10 years of clinical evidence and 30,000 cases worldwide, HIFU prostate cancer treatment is still not approved as a first line treatment by the FDA.
HIFU treatment uses high intensity ultrasound energy to heat and destroy cancer cells in your prostate gland. No incision is required.
When high frequency sound waves are concentrated on body tissues, those tissues heat up and die. To use this as a prostate cancer treatment, the specialist targets the area containing the cancer. Because the prostate is deep within the pelvis, you have HIFU for prostate cancer by putting an ultrasound probe into your back passage (rectum). Doctors call this a transrectal probe. From that position, the ultrasound can direct beams accurately at the prostate.
You are eligible for HIFU treatment if:
Compared to other treatment options, HIFU has a minimal risk of urinary or sexual side effects especially when done as a focal treatment because it minimizes the risk of damaging surrounding tissues.