Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers in men in the world and in our country. As with other types of cancer, early diagnosis is important. HIFU, a non-surgical treatment method, is widely used in the treatment of prostate cancer. HIFU technology, in which high-intensity ultrasound waves are used, is applied as a non-surgical, point-targeted treatment in prostate cancer. In HIFU technology, surrounding tissues are not damaged during treatment. With HIFU, the risks such as urinary incontinence or sexual dysfunction are also low. The duration of the HIFU procedure is directly proportional to the size of the area to be treated. It may take 1-2 hours on average.
Who is it suitable for?
The HIFU method is mostly applied in the initial stages of prostate cancer, in small and non-spread patients. Patients for whom the HIFU method is recommended; It is a more suitable treatment option for young patients who do not want to have urinary problems and who have active sexual life.
It is suitable for patients with early stage prostate cancer, namely at the T1 or T2 stage, in initial cancer treatments, patients whose age or general conditions are not suitable for prostate cancer surgery, patients seeking minimally invasive treatment preferences, patients who have previously undergone abdominal surgeries.
How is HIFU applied?
Prostate cancer treatment with HIFU is performed by giving the person a light dose of anesthesia. High power ultrasound waves are sent to the cancerous area of the prostate with a probe. Only cancerous cells are destroyed with an increase in temperature. In this way, targeted treatment is achieved by preserving the healthy prostate tissue around it.
What are the advantages of the HIFU method?
HIFU prevents sexual dysfunction and maintains urine control. It is a one-session application. Patients can return to their homes after staying in the hospital for 1 night. When the procedure is applied in the morning, patients can go home in the evening of the same day. The risk of complications is low. It provides the chance to intervene in cancer tissue without damaging the surrounding organs and tissues. It is not exposed to the harmful effects of radiation. Patients who are not eligible for surgery can benefit from HIFU. HIFU procedure is defined as a painless application. It is also a suitable option for elderly patients who cannot receive anesthesia.
HIFU is a treatment method used only in prostate cancer. It can be applied to men of all ages with prostate cancer, depending on the patient’s suitability for treatment.