A Huge Breakthrough in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer?
It's "Good News Only" day, and this is great news. A new ultrasound treatment for prostate cancer has shown "very encouraging" results in trials--and a significantly lowered risk of debilitating side effects:
It is hoped the new treatment, which involves heating only the tumours with a highly focused ultrasound, will mean men can be treated without an overnight stay in hospital and avoiding distressing side effects associated with current therapies such as incontinence and impotence.
A study has found that focal HIFU, high-intensity focused ultrasound, provides the 'perfect' outcome of no major side effects and free of cancer 12 months after treatment, in nine out of ten cases.
"It is uses a very tightly focused beam of soundwaves which vibrates tissue about the size of a grain of rice to about 80 or 90 degrees centigrade and that effectively kills the cells, but just in that area, " said Mr Ahmed, who led the Medical Research Council study.
"The side effect profile we found was very encouraging," he added.
"None of the men [treated] were incontinent and one in ten men were impotent after treatment."
Anyone else with good news to share on this thread?