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Focused Ultrasound Encouraging in Treatment of Prostate Cancer

17 Apr 12

Doctors at University College Hospital in London have carried out a trial using high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) targeting small patches of cancer cells on the prostate.

The small, 41-patient study announced in the journal Lancet Oncology suggests targeted ultrasound treatment could reduce side effects from current treatments, such as the risk of impotence and incontinence. Doctors anticipate greater integration of the older but ever improving techniques and new technologies to manage prostate cancer in the future.

Hashim Ahmed, the urological surgeon at the trust who led the "proof of concept" study, says the results, 12 months after treatment, are very encouraging. "We've shown in this study that focal therapy - by targeting the individual areas of cancer - can avoid the collateral damage. We've shown that nine in 10 men had no impotence and none of the men in the study had incontinence of urine."