Non-invasive prostate cancer treatment

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|

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|

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|

New Study: PSA levels in younger men might predict future risk of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer screening with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) has been shown to reduce death and the spread of prostate cancer to other parts of the body, but the PSA test remains highly controversial as it frequently leads to over diagnosis and over treatment of men who may not be at risk. Smarter screening strategies that can improve the accuracy of diagnosing lethal prostate cancer are urgently needed. Through a prospective study of US men, investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have found that measuring PSA levels in younger men (between the ages of 40 and 59) could accurately predict future risk of lethal prostate cancer later in life. Their findings suggest that screening PSA levels in men [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22+00:00 June 21st, 2016|

California HIFU and Dr. Michael Lazar Recognizes Men’s Health Month With a Look at Prostate Cancer

California HIFU and Dr. Michael Lazar are helping to recognize Men’s Health Month by providing some valuable information and resources for men on Prostate Cancer. The idea behind Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems like prostate cancer, and to encourage early detection and treatment. Dr. Lazar and his staff are proud to be early leaders in the usage of HIFU, a medical procedure that applies high-intensity focused ultrasound energy to locally heat and destroy diseased or damaged tissue with prostate cancer through ablation. Informed Decision Making According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it is important for men to be aware of prostate cancer risks and to make informed decisions. This happens best when a man— [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22+00:00 June 14th, 2016|

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|

New Study Reveals Prostate Cancer Metastasis Risk Higher in Some AS Patients

Metastases develop in a small proportion of patients placed on active surveillance (AS) for prostate cancer (PCa), but the risk is significantly higher in some men than others, such as those with Gleason 7 tumors, a new study found. In a study of 980 men placed on AS—769 with low-risk and 211 with intermediate-risk PCa—a team led by Laurence Klotz, MD, of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto found that 30 men (3%) progressed to metastatic disease at a median of 6.3 year after diagnosis, according to study findings published in The Journal of Urology (2016;195:1409-1414). Metastases developed in 13 (10%) of 133 patients with Gleason 7 disease. Metastases occurred in 16 low-risk and 14 intermediate-risk patients, and developed in bone in 18 patients and [...]

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

HIFU San Francisco – Meet Dr. Michael Lazar

Michael J. Lazar, MD was an early user of the HIFU technology dating back to 2007.  He was credentialed as proctor in 2010 and participated in editing the user manual for the Sonablate HIFU system. Lazar trained FDA investigators on HIFU patient care and was commissioned by SonaCare Medical to proctor FDA clinical trial cases.  He has treated or been involved with over 200 patients and is also site director for SonaCare Medical’s international training site in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Dr. Lazar has been certified by the American Board of Urology four times and has practiced in Santa Rosa, Calif. since 1983.  He is chairman of the Board of Redwood Health Services, Inc. providing insurance products for employee groups. Dr. Lazar is also CEO and managing director [...]

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