Monthly Archives: September 2015

Validation of Focal Therapy for Prostate Cancer

From August 2015 Journal of Urology:  Study by New York University in which images from mpMRI identified prostate cancer before radical prostatectomy.  The pathologists then took the gland and did step-sections to pinpoint the actual tumor.  They found that a 9 mm "halo" of treatment around the imaged tumor boundaries would have covered 100% of the cancers.  Not 80%, not 90%, but 100%. The criticism of focal therapy has been the concern that the mpMRI images did not designate the entire tumor, thereby risking leaving some of the tumor untreated if only the imaged area was treated with HIFU.  Since HIFU treats in 3 mm shots, adding 3 shots around the imaged tumor boundaries should cover the entire lesion. Focal HIFU therapy spares non-cancerous prostate [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:55+00:00 September 17th, 2015|

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Therapy is Gaining International Acceptance for the Treatment of Medical Conditions

A growing number of international medical organizations have already adopted High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) therapy for treating an increasing number of conditions, and as a viable option to traditional invasive surgery, according to Dr. Michael Lazar, a Santa Rosa, California-based Urologist and a leading advocate for HIFU as an effective treatment for prostate cancer. Dr. Lazar states, “The scientific community has known for years that high heat kills cancer. But only in recent years has the science advanced to the point where focused ultrasound energy can be used to provide pinpoint accuracy, sparing healthy tissue and preserving nerves, urine flow and erectile function in a majority of cases compared with traditional procedures, while also delivering the required amount of heat needed to destroy, or [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:55+00:00 September 8th, 2015|

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Get a Checkup, Have a PSA Blood Test and Learn About Symptoms of the Disease as well as Treatment Options September is national Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. About 220,800 new cases of this type of cancer are reported each year, along with 27,540 deaths attributed to the disease annually. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. While only one man in 10,000 will typically get prostate cancer under age 40, the risk increases to six of every 10 men by age 65, according to the American Cancer Society. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death following lung cancer, and about one man in 38 will die of the disease. However, statistics show that most men diagnosed with [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:55+00:00 September 2nd, 2015|