HIFU TREATMENT SIDE EFFECTS


Ablatherm HIFU has fewer significant side effects than other forms of prostate cancer treatment.

Ablatherm HIFU is a very safe procedure with no reported mortality and minimal morbidity. Over 30,000 patients have been treated worldwide since the Ablatherm HIFU device received European approval in 2000. HIFU also offers early success determination with nadir PSA after only 3 months.

Better quality of life is maintained with the HIFU procedure and repeat treatments are possible.


WILL I NEED FURTHER TESTS?


A quarterly measurement of the PSA is recommended for the first two years, and biannual tests are recommended in years three and four.

Thereafter we recommend an annual PSA test. Three to six months after the treatment the PSA should be reduced to 0.5 ug/l.

If the PSA reading does not return to very low levels or rises, a repeat ultrasound and biopsy can be performed. If this biopsy shows residual tumor (approximately 7% of Canadian cases), a second Ablatherm® HIFU session can be conducted. A major advantage of Ablatherm ® HIFU is that it is repeatable and does not preclude future treatment by any other treatment options. A bone scan and CAT scan would also be ordered. If biopsies are negative but the PSA rises, additional therapy may be prescribed.