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Good News Men -New Prostate Cancer Treatment Cures With Less Side Effects
New Prostate Cancer Treatment
An innovative prostate cancer treatment has been developed, putting an end to the misery of many men who suffer from prostate cancer, giving them hope of being cured from a disease that claims 32,050 lives every year.
Standard Prostate Cancer Treatment
Before the introduction of this new treatment men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer had to undergo to surgery or radiotherapy in order to treat the diseased prostate gland. However, the down side to these methods of treatment was that they not only affected the prostate gland but they also harmed the surrounding tissue, caused impotence, urinary incontinence, pain and fatigue. These unpleasant side-effects also impacted on the patient’s quality of life, making it unbearable for most men to deal with.
But now we have a new treatment called focal therapy, which minimizes the side-effects mentioned above to the point where they are nearly non-existent.
Focal Therapy the New Prostate Cancer Treatment
Focal therapy is the name of the new treatment for prostate cancer. It arose as a result of a study of 41 men who had prostate cancer being treated via targeted ultrasound therapy.
The first trial took place at University College Hospital, London where Doctors used high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) on small groups of cancer cells within the prostate.
The HIFU was directed through a probe which was placed near to the prostate so as to emit sound waves that heated the targeted cancerous tumors to 80C, all the while killing the tumors but causing minimal damage to the surrounding nerves and muscles.
The really good news about Focal Therapy is that after 12 months the majority of the men who participated in the trial remained cancer free, did not experience any incontinence and only one in ten became impotent.
This targeted form of treatment focuses exclusively on the area where the cancer is situated and with 95% of the participants displaying positive results the procedure has given hope to prostate cancer sufferers who will soon be able to go into hospital on a day case basis knowing that there will be minimal side effects and a quicker recovery.
Positive Side-Effects of New Prostate Cancer Treatment
There are only positive side effects with the new prostate cancer treatment. It enables a cancer patient to:
- Be treated on a day case basis
- Experience a quick recovery
- Experience minimal damage with
- No urinary incontinence
- No impotence
- No pain
- No fatigue and best of all
- A cure with a better quality of life
Although the Doctors of the trial believe that a larger study should take place in order to evaluate the treatment further, the results are encouraging and offer men with early stage prostate cancer the possibility of a cure.