After HIFU, you’ll still need the catheter for a few days to drain urine from your bladder. You’ll have regular follow-ups with your doctor to check how you’re handling side effects, monitor how your cancer is responding to treatment and ask any questions that are on your mind.
Your doctor will keep tracking your PSA levels every 3 to 6 months for a few years, to make sure the HIFU has worked. You might also have an MRI or biopsy to check if the cancer is gone.
Questions to ask
your doctor or care team
It’s important to talk to your doctor or care team to make sure you have the information you need before, during and after treatment.
Here are some questions you might want to ask:
What are the side effects of HIFU?
What are the advantages of this treatment versus my other options? What are the disadvantages?
What are my other treatment options?
What happens if HIFU doesn't work? What treatment can I have then?
How long until I know if the treatment has worked?