About: HIFU


How’s it
done exactly?

You’ll be put under a general anaesthetic, and a urologist will insert a small ultrasound probe into the rectum. The urologist uses this probe to clearly see the prostate and then directs the heating energy to the part of the prostate that contains cancer.

There are 2 types of HIFU:
focal and whole prostate

Focal HIFU

Focal HIFU treats a smaller area of the prostate and takes around 1 or 2 hours. It is best for men who only need treatment in one specific area of their prostate. Areas of the prostate which don’t have cancer are not treated, and this reduces the potential for side effects.

Whole prostate HIFU

Whole prostate HIFU treats the entire prostate, and takes about 3 hours.

You should be able to head home the same day as your treatment, although you will need a catheter for a few days.

Being a
good candidate

Research is currently underway on HIFU to learn more about its risks and how effective it is at treating prostate cancer.
Your doctor can advise you on whether HIFU is a suitable treatment option and how you can access it.

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