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 [...]
After much anticipation the FDA has finally approved for market in the United States the Sonablate® for the ablation of prostate tissue. Sonablate® is the first High Intensity Therapeutic Ultrasound (HITU) device to receive FDA regulatory authorization for prostate tissue ablation. HIFU offers an effective treatment for localized prostate cancer with significantly less risk of common side effects, such as impotence and incontinence which are typically reported with surgery and radiation. HIFU Prostate Services, LLC (HPS) is a leading provider of minimally-invasive prostate cancer treatments using High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). Newly appointed HPS Medical Director Michael J. Lazar, MD is set to provide medical guidance and proctoring to new physicians who will now be trained on the Sonacare® HIFU system in surgery centers around [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
New Hardware and Software Increases Accuracy For Targeting Malignant Cells, Sparing Healthy Tissue SonaCare Medical, LLC, the makers of innovative High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) medical devices for the treatment of prostate cancer, has announced the roll-out of its newest technology – called Sonafuse Profuse – introduced this summer at the treatment center in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Sonablate® technology currently in use at the San Javier Marina Hospital has been updated with powerful new hardware components and the latest generation “3G” software including image fusion. Puerto Vallarta is now one of only three international treatment sites in the Americas offering image fusion and the newest software offering the benefits of multi-mode imaging that sees the outside and inside of the targeted area at the [...]
New High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Minimally-Invasive Treatment for Prostate Cancer Pioneered by Dr. Michael Lazar Soon to Be Approved by FDA for Use in the U.S.
The use of a new technology called High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) waves to treat prostate cancer without surgery on an out-patient basis moves closer to U.S. approval thanks to Dr. Michael J. Lazar, Jr. and other urologists utilizing this next-generation technology with patients in other nations. HIFU technology achieves pinpoint accuracy using an “acoustic scalpel” that destroys prostate cancer, while sparing healthy tissue and preserving nerves, urine flow and erectile function in a majority of cases compared with traditional procedures. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of HIFU is expected following a study involving 100 men with prostate cancer recurrence after radiation. HIFU is eradicating cancer in 70 to 72 percent of these cases, compared with cryosurgery (freezing) that historically cures about 40 [...]
It has been very exciting to be able to offer HIFU to men with prostate cancer the past 6 years. The utility of the procedure continues to grow, with the evolution from merely whole gland therapy to the possibility of focal therapy. With MRI imaging improvements, we can not only limit treatment to the cancer focus in appropriate men, we can now better determine which patients are likely to have successful outcomes with whole gland therapy. Tissue Change Monitoring (TCM) has inspired me to modify the treatment on whole glands to lessen the risk of complications. It is impressive that many of my patients have done the math and found HIFU to be a relative bargain due their ability to go right back to work. [...]
Patients diagnosed with prostate cancer are faced with treatment options. The historical remedies—radiation therapy, surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and freezing the cancerous gland—have risks and negative side effects, especially incontinence and impotence. A new technology, however, is coming of age in its ability to diminish these risks and side effects. This nonsurgical outpatient option—high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)—takes approximately one to four hours to perform, depending on prostate size, and has a relatively short recovery period. With HIFU, most patients are up and walking around within two to three hours and may resume normal activities within a couple of days, with minimal discomfort.1 HIFU patients also experience fewer side effects than those receiving traditional prostate treatments.2 During the first two weeks after the procedure, patients [...]