New study suggests a more accurate system for early detection, treatment of prostate cancer

A new study may lead to a more accurate system for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer. It’s a promising development given prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men worldwide, responsible for 308,000 deaths in 2012 and estimated to take 26,120 lives in the U.S. alone in 2016. New research coauthored by Brigham Young University researchers may lead to a more accurate system for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer. The new study, published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, details a computer model that uses medical images to reproduce the growth patterns of prostate cancer on the anatomy of a patient's prostate. This type of mathematical modeling and simulation of disease (aka predictive [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:21+00:00 December 6th, 2016|

One year following FDA approval California HIFU is Giving Prostate Cancer Patients Hope for a Healthy Future

Santa Rosa Urologist Dr. Michael Lazar celebrates California HIFU’s first anniversary with look back at October 2015 when HIFU received approval from Food and Drug Administration for use in the U.S. High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a technology that targets cancer cells with precision in a one to four-hour procedure that has little or no side effects, provides a remarkably quick recovery rate, and gives men diagnosed with prostate cancer a less invasive option over surgery or radiation. “The oncological results for HIFU is comparable to more traditional prostate cancer treatments including radical surgery or radiation. But the side effects for HIFU patients have proven to be much less debilitating than more radical procedures,” says Dr. Lazar. “For example, if the HIFU procedure is performed [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:21+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|

Researchers Find that blood samples may help predict prostate cancer spread

Researchers have found a group of circulating tumor cells in prostate cancer patient blood samples which are linked to the spread of the disease, according to new research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool. This is the first time these cell types have been shown to be a promising marker for prostate cancer spread. In a study of around 80 samples from men with prostate cancer, scientists at the Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University looked for cells that were gaining the ability to migrate and invade through the body. Samples with more of these cells were more likely to come from patients whose cancer had spread or was more aggressive. This means that, in the future, these [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:21+00:00 November 15th, 2016|

Researchers discover three novel intrinsic subtypes of prostate cancer

In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers have identified and validated three distinct molecular subtypes of prostate cancer that correlate with distant metastasis-free survival and can assist in future research to determine how patients will respond to treatment, according to research presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). Findings represent a step toward the implementation of personalized medicine in prostate cancer care. To diagnose and determine treatment for prostate cancer, clinicians consider many factors, including a digital rectal exam, the prostate specific antigen (PSA) level in a patient's blood and prostate tumor biopsy results. Molecular subtyping of tumor cells allows oncologists to individualize care and tailor treatment based on the actual biology of each patient's [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:21+00:00 November 1st, 2016|

Dr. Michael Lazar of California HIFU was recently selected as top urology specialist by Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors survey

Dr. Michael Lazar, a Santa Rosa urologist and prostate cancer expert, is the only Northern California physician recognized as a leader in the use of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for prostate cancer. Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctor survey was submitted to Sonoma County doctors who were then asked which medical specialist they would most often recommend to a loved one, and 327 professionals emerged as top docs in 50 categories of medicine. Among physician peers Dr. Lazar rose to the top in the field of urology, supporting what the many patients who rely on Dr. Lazar’s expertise already know. Take for example the experience of Charles Lawrence a urology patient of Dr. Lazar. When Lawrence thought he was having urinary problems he sought out Dr. Lazar [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:21+00:00 October 18th, 2016|

California HIFU Patients Tell Their Stories

California HIFU Patients Tell Their Stories - NEW VIDEO - Cancer patients who have opted for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), a noninvasive prostate cancer treatment offered by Dr. Michael Lazar of California HIFU, speak out about why they chose HIFU over other options, and what they have experienced as a result. Click on the video below to watch. About California HIFU High-intensity focused ultrasound or HIFU has many proven advantages over traditional treatment modalities for prostate disease. For more information about HIFU treatment or to make an appointment call: (707) 546-5553 or visit our website:

2017-12-13T13:37:21+00:00 October 10th, 2016|

Researchers say genomic fingerprinting important for treating prostate cancer

While the majority of prostate cancers are slow growing and not fatal, some are aggressive and lethal. Genomic fingerprinting can help predict a tumor's aggressiveness and tailor treatment plans; however, in the majority of cases involving multiple prostate tumors, only the largest tumor is typically fingerprinted -- resulting in more aggressive tumors potentially going undetected. Writing in the journal European Urology, a research team led by Hannelore Heemers, Ph.D., of Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute Department of Cancer Biology, and James Mohler, M.D., chair of the Department of Urology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, has demonstrated that when genomic fingerprinting is performed on only a single tumor sample, a smaller but more aggressive tumor could potentially be missed. The finding underscores the importance [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:21+00:00 October 4th, 2016|

New trial results encourage patients to weigh long-term impact of treatment options with their doctors

(Published on ScienceDaily - September 15, 2016) In light of the findings from the Prostate Testing for Cancer and Treatment (ProtecT) trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) would like to congratulate the authors and investigators for conceiving and completing a difficult clinical trial to randomize care for 2,664 men who volunteered to be a part of this study. Their paper emphasizes the importance of joint decision making between prostate cancer patients and their physicians when weighing treatment options for early stage disease. Findings from the ProtecT trial can help patients understand the full range of approaches to manage their disease, including the risks and benefits of active monitoring versus early treatment with radiation therapy (RT) [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22+00:00 September 20th, 2016|

Understanding Prostate Cancer; Know Your Cancer Risk Factors

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 7 men. But who is most at risk of getting prostate cancer and why? There are several major factors that influence risk, and some of them unfortunately cannot be changed. Age: The older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although only 1 in 10,000 men under age 40 will be diagnosed, the rate shoots up to 1 in 38 for ages 40 to 59, and 1 in 14 for ages 60 to 69. In fact, more than 65% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65. The average age at diagnosis of prostate cancer in the United States is 69 [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22+00:00 September 13th, 2016|

California HIFU and Dr. Michael Lazar Offers a Look at September’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Efforts

For this month’s awareness campaign Urologist and Prostate cancer expert Dr. Michael Lazar provides an overview of prostate cancer screening options, helping to empower men to make smart choices. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month giving light to a very important health topic among men and their families. Second only to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the USA and the second most common cause of cancer related death, lung cancer taking the number one spot. Currently it is estimated that one man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. How Prostate Cancer differs from other cancers Most prostate cancers tend to grow slowly, and don’t cause overt health problems for many men who have [...]

2016-09-01T10:32:11+00:00 September 1st, 2016|