Barry Roach, 74, had physical exams and PSA tests performed by his primary doctor every year starting at age 65. His PSA numbers were steady in the 1.0-­to-­3.0 range. Even at age 75, a PSA of 6.0 is considered OK.  “In 2012 my PSA increased to 3.5, then 5.0 in 2013, and 5.4 in 2014, reaching 6.0 by June. A 1.0 or more rise within a year signals a need for action. I read reports from Johns Hopkins devoted to prostate cancer and different procedures. I scheduled an appointment with a urologist who recommended a biopsy. I found an article about proton beam therapy. While there are no side effects, treatments take 60 to 90 days, and the nearest facility was in SoCal. Then I came across HIFU on Google.” While HIFU has been used successfully for decades in Canada, Europe and Asia, it is not yet FDA approved as a accepted treatment in the U.S. in most cases. “I read a news story about Dr. Lazar’s leadership using High Intensity Focused Ultrasound therapy and went to see him. He performed a biopsy and used an ultrasound probe to check my prostate’s size, appearance and symmetry. Twelve samples were taken. The prostate appeared normal. However, three cores had cancer cells -­-­ more than two is a red flag. My Gleason score was 4 + 4, for a combined score of 8. If 6 or less, it would not have been a major concern, 7 is in between, and 8-­to-­10 means the cancer is aggressive.
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