Alternative Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Research News: Reduced Risk of Prostate Cancer in Men with Low Testosterone

Men with unusually low amounts of testosterone in their blood are around 20% less likely to develop prostate cancer, according to new research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool. Scientists from the University of Oxford conducted the largest analysis of hormones and prostate cancer risk to date. The study – funded by Cancer Research UK – looked at blood samples from around 19,000 men aged 34-76 years, collected between 1959 and 2004. Of these men 6,900 went on to develop prostate cancer. The researchers divided the 19,000 men into ten groups – ranging from men with the lowest amount of testosterone in their blood to those with the highest, and compared their prostate cancer risk. They found that men [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:18+00:00 November 8th, 2017|

How to Know When HIFU is the Right Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer

Is HIFU Prostate Cancer Treatment for You? HIFU is an FDA approved precise and targeted therapy that reduces the risk of complications caused by surgery and radiation. HIFU uses ultrasound energy, or sound waves, to heat and destroy specifically targeted areas of tissue. During HIFU, the sound waves pass through healthy tissue without causing damage. At the focal point of the sound waves (like a magnifying glass focusing the rays of the sun to burn a leaf), the tissue temperature is raised to 90 degrees Celsius, destroying the targeted tissue. When HIFU is the best option HIFU uses ultrasound energy, or sound waves, to heat and destroy specifically targeted areas of tissue. During HIFU, the sound waves pass through healthy tissue without causing damage. However, at the [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:19+00:00 August 15th, 2017|

After 20 years of scrutiny researchers confirm surgery for early prostate cancer may not save lives

Dr. Michael Lazar Director of California HIFU discusses HIFU for Prostate Cancer and the findings of latest study which reveals that radical surgery is not the best way to treat early stage prostate cancer. New treatment options are available and patients need to know.  A 20-year-long study by a national research team including Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and led by the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Health Care System overwhelmingly supports growing evidence that prostate cancer surgery performed on men in the early stages of the disease offers very few if any benefits. In the cases involved with this study, surgery did not prolong life and often caused serious complications including; infection, urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. “As treatments for prostate cancer continue [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:19+00:00 July 25th, 2017|

Key ingredients to thwart the growth of prostate cancer found in certain foods

When you dine on curry and baked apples, enjoy the fact that you are eating something that could play a role starving -- or even preventing -- cancer. New research from The University of Texas at Austin identifies several natural compounds found in food, including turmeric, apple peels and red grapes, as key ingredients that could thwart the growth of prostate cancer, the most common cancer afflicting U.S. men. Published online this week in Precision Oncology, the new paper uses a novel analytical approach to screen numerous plant-based chemicals instead of testing a single agent as many studies do, discovering specific combinations that shrink prostate cancer tumors. "After screening a natural compound library, we developed an unbiased look at combinations of nutrients that have a [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

Prostate Cancer Rates Take a Nose Dive Per Latest Statistics

Dr. Michael Lazar of California HIFU, Urologist and Prostate Cancer expert reflects on the latest American Cancer Society statics The results from the American Cancer Society’s newest report on cancer rates is good news for everyone and particularly good news for prostate cancer patients: incidents of cancer is down as is the likelihood of prostate cancer patients dying from the diagnosis. According to the report the cancer death rate has dropped from its peak of 215.1 in 1991 to 161.2 in 2014 (per 100K population), the most recent year for which data was available to analyze. Overall the decline in cancer is linked with decreases in smoking and advances in early detection and treatment. The four major cancer drops are: lung (- 43% between 1990 [...]

2017-06-07T08:43:49+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|

Focal Therapy For Prostate Cancer

 Focal therapy, often referred to as a “male lumpectomy,” is a general term for a variety of noninvasive techniques for destroying small tumors inside the prostate while leaving the gland intact and sparing most of its normal tissue As technology has advanced, physicians now have the ability to diagnose patients with prostate cancer earlier which means that often times tumors within the prostate are small and contained to the prostate. Advanced imaging techniques, allow doctors to pinpoint exactly where the tumor within the prostate is located using multi-parametric MRI and UroNav fusion biopsies, enabling them to target only the tumor within the prostate, leaving other tissue unharmed. Focal therapy is being studied all over the world because of the large potential for reducing side effects such as urinary [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|

Santa Rosa Urologist Dr. Michael Lazar is Making History with a Nonsurgical, Outpatient Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Dr. Lazar and his staff are proud to be early leaders in the usage of HIFU. High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) waves target cancer cells with precision in a one-to-four-hour procedure that has little or no side affects and a quick recovery rate, giving those diagnosed with prostate cancer another choice over surgery or radiation. HIFU has been used in other countries for years, and Dr. Lazar has been instrumental in bringing this innovative treatment to the United States. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last October, and he has since been performing the procedure at San Francisco Surgery Center for patients who travel from across the country to receive this leading edge treatment. “The oncological results for HIFU are broadly [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:23+00:00 April 26th, 2016|

HIFU: Taking the UK By Storm

A treatment that uses sound waves to blast away prostate tumors has been proven to cure as many men of the disease as that of the surgery that removes the gland – while causing significantly fewer side effects. Until now the new procedure, called high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), has been considered experimental. This has meant that the majority of British men diagnosed with the condition – including former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman – have only been offered the more invasive operation called radical prostatectomy, which has a clear track record despite the risk of impotence and incontinence. HIFU is a treatment that uses sound waves to blast away prostate tumours has been proven to cure as many men of the disease as surgery that removes [...]

2016-09-23T11:35:58+00:00 March 15th, 2016|

Study Supports Hemiablation HIFU for Prostate Cancer

Story source: Renal & Urology News. Jody A. Charnow, Editor. February 10, 2016 High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) hemiablation offers mid-term promising functional and oncologic outcomes in carefully selected patients with clinically localized prostate cancer (PCa), according to researchers. In a prospective cohort study of 50 patients who underwent HIFU ablation of a single lobe of the prostate, the 5-year actuarial metastases-free survival, cancer-specific survival, and overall survival rates were 93%, 100%, and 87%, respectively, Roland van Velthoven, MD, and colleagues at the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels, Belgium, reported in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases (2016;19:79-83). The researchers documented complete continence (no pads) and erections sufficient for intercourse in 94% and 80% of patients, respectively. “Our study suggests that hemiablation HIFU is a valid mini-invasive focal therapy strategy, feasible [...]

2016-09-23T11:17:14+00:00 February 25th, 2016|

The Press Democrat: Santa Rosa doctor one of few using new treatment for prostate cancer

by Martin Espinoza | The Press Democrat | December 3, 2015 Santa Rosa urologist Michael Lazar has been traveling to Puerto Vallarta since 2007, though not exactly for sun and fun. Lazar is part of a vanguard of urologists who are treating prostate cancer with a newly approved procedure in the United States that uses ultrasound to zap cancerous tissue. The procedure, known as high-intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU, is used in more than 30 countries around the world. Until this fall, it had not been cleared for use in the United States. Lazar, who has traveled to Mexico six to eight times a year since 2007 to treat American men diagnosed with prostate cancer, is now one of a handful of doctors expanding use [...]

2016-02-25T11:21:31+00:00 December 7th, 2015|