Prostate Cancer. Not the sort of thing you want to hear from your doctor. However, Prostate cancer is considered one of the most common cancers among men with over 45,000 men diagnosed with this complaint yearly.
Learning you have prostate cancer, and dealing with the treatment must be an emotional and frighting experience (one I pray I will never have to experience).
It is believed being well informed about your illness, and the various treatments available can help you to make the necessary decisions and cope with treatment as well as helping you to come to terms with what must be a frighting and emotional experience.
This post is about a new treatment that hopefully will become available on our National Health Service (NHS) for those who suffer from the illness.
In a study led by University College Hospital (UCH) in London, researchers followed 625 men – which included 50 patients from Southampton – between 2004 and 2015 with tumours in one part of the prostate which had not spread beyond the gland.
New Prostate Cancer Research
The new treatment is known as High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) and allows surgeons to focus high-frequency sound waves directly onto tumours.
The procedure is done as a day patient without the need for invasive surgery. After the procedure, you will be able to go home on the same day as your treatment.
At the moment very invasive surgery to remove the prostate or treat with radiotherapy works well however, patients often complain of suffering side effects such as incontinence or impotence.
This new treatment will target the affected part of the prostate without damaging healthy surrounding tissue and does not seem to affect sexual performance, or cause incontinence problems.
Apart from the Urolift which does not impact on sexual performance. At this moment in time, the procedure carried out does impact upon your sex life. Most men are aware of this, and often delay until it becomes a serious problem.
If this post is of interest to you this link will take you to University Hospital Southampton where more in-depth information can be read.