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|

HIFU Patient Returns to the Life He Loves Following Procedure

Over a period of five years, Chris Lockheed’s PSA numbers had been going up. Then, a biopsy revealed that he had two tumors on his prostate. Chris, 68, started doing research into what kind of options for treatment were available to him. When a radiation specialist in Rohnert Park told him about Dr. Michael Lazar and the HIFU procedure, he did more homework. He found that Dr. Lazar had done hundreds of these procedures in Puerto Vallarta, and the treatment was given FDA approval for use in the U.S. in 2015. What is HIFU? 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 [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:19+00:00 July 18th, 2017|

Prostate cancer increasingly targeting younger men

It’s a procedure called HIFU, with a device that uses high-intensity ultrasound waves to destroy cancerous prostate tissue. 94 percent of patients are cancer-free after 5 years, with no further treatments. Read the full story below. HIFU has many proven advantages over traditional treatment modalities for prostate disease. Call (707) 546-5553 to make an appointment with Dr. Lazar. Visit our website: #HIFU #DrLazar #cancertreatment Prostate cancer is aggressively targeting our younger generations of men at an alarming rate and when there aren't signs in the early stages, it’s up to you to get ahead of it. More than 26,000 men will die from prostate cancer this year. That was not an option for John DeCamillis. “As I tell people Brooke, it wasn’t a matter of if I was going to be diagnosed. I’d [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 July 11th, 2017|

Serious Side Effects Noted in Commonly Prescribed Prostate Cancer Drug

Treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with the commonly prescribed Avodart (Dutsteride) may put men at an increased risk for diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and worsening erectile dysfunction. Physicians should be fully aware of these new findings according to the researchers, and to discuss with their patients the potential adverse side effects of Avodart on metabolic and sexual function before prescribing it. The study appears in the journal Hormones Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigations. As men age, their prostate enlarges. This condition often results in urinary retention or other lower urinary tract symptoms, such as reduced urinary flow which results in waking up several times at night to urinate. To help improve symptoms, men are often prescribed an alpha blocker, such [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 July 4th, 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|

Hal & Mary: Another Happy HIFU Story

Posted on HIFU Prostate Services 5/27/2017 If you ask Hal Plimpton, he will tell you that he is a semi-retired, international logistics consultant who has owned and operated his own business for many years. If his wife, Mary, happens to hear him say he is “semi” retired, she will laugh and probably roll her eyes. “He was supposed to retire 15 years ago, but he’s still working,” said Mary. However, one thing that Hal and Mary can agree on is that they made a good treatment decision several years ago when Hal was diagnosed with prostate cancer. “I could tell that he felt really good about HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound). He had confidence in the technology that it was going to work. I was a [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 May 31st, 2017|

Doctor’s Own Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Leads to Early Intervention and Positive Results with HIFU

Dr. Michael Lazar of California HIFU shares the story of how friend and fellow surgeon Dr. Robert Pugach underwent HIFU treatment for prostate cancer following an early diagnosis with the disease. Dr. Robert Pugach It’s the news no man wants to hear from a doctor, “… you have prostate cancer.” And when you are a practicing physician who receives this news, all the more room for concern. Dr. Robert Pugach, medical director of Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year and opted to undergo HIFU treatment with urologist and prostate cancer specialist Dr. Michael Lazar of California HIFU earlier this month. What transpired is truly an inspirational account of one man’s journey from diagnosis to cure. Dr. Pugach [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|

New blood test better at predicting prostate cancer risk than PSA

A new blood test known as IsoPSA detects prostate cancer more precisely than current tests in two crucial measures -- distinguishing cancer from benign conditions, and identifying patients with high-risk disease. By identifying molecular changes in the PSA protein, the findings of this study suggest that once validated, use of IsoPSA may reduce the need for biopsy, and may lower the likelihood of overdetection and overtreatment of nonlethal prostate cancer. A team of researchers from Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, and other clinical sites have demonstrated that a new blood test known as IsoPSA detects prostate cancer more precisely than current tests in two crucial measures -- distinguishing cancer from benign conditions, and identifying patients with high-risk disease. By [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 May 16th, 2017|

Focused ultrasound therapy is here: Are you ready?

A new, highly disruptive therapeutic technology called focused ultrasound is transforming – standards of care around the globe. Published by Neal Kassell on LinkedIn Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Virginia In this series, we asked speakers at the Milken Institute Global Conference to answer: How does one build a meaningful life in the age of technological disruption? Join the conversation by writing your own article here and including #MIGlobal. A new, highly disruptive therapeutic technology called focused ultrasound is slowly but definitively influencing – and on the verge of transforming – standards of care around the globe. This game-changing, noninvasive treatment option for a wide variety of serious medical disorders has the potential to be an alternative or adjunct to surgery, radiation therapy, drug delivery, [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 May 4th, 2017|

Common Prostate Cancer Therapy May Trigger Dementia

A new analysis of patients who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer shows a connection between androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) -- a testosterone-lowering therapy and a common treatment for the disease -- and dementia, according to researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Their previous studies have shown men who undergo ADT may be at an increased risk of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, compared to men who were not treated with the therapy. This new analysis -- the largest of its kind ever performed on this topic -- shows that all existing studies taken together support the link to dementia and show a possible link to Alzheimer's. The findings are published this week in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases. "Since [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 April 4th, 2017|