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High Intensity Focused Ultrasound – (HIFU)           Treatment for Prostate Cancer

A minimally invasive prostate cancer treatment now available at Springfield hospital

According to Cancer Research UK, more than 36,000 men in the United Kingdom are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. It differs from most other cancers in the body, because small areas of cancer within the prostate are very common and may stay dormant for many years.


  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in males and
  • the second leading cause of male cancer deaths.

  • It is most common among men between the ages of 60 and 80.
  • Known risk factors include age, race and family history.
  • The early stages of prostate cancer generally show no symptoms.
  • When the tumour becomes more advanced, patients may
  • experience a weak urinary stream, the inability to urinate,
  • interruption of urinary stream, frequent urination (especially at
  • night), pain or burning during urination, and blood in the urine.
  • It is important, however to remember that these symptoms are
  • not specific and may be a result of benign prostatic enlargement.

Traditional Treatment Options

There are numerous treatment options for localised prostate cancer and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Patients and their physicians must weigh many factors when determining the best treatment option.


Some patients choose no treatment at all, called watchful waiting or

active surveillance, because of the potential effects on quality of life

after treatment.


Springfield hospital is now able to offer:

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

HIFU is a therapy option for localised prostate cancer that may offer a balance between eliminating cancer and maintaining quality of life. It is an out-patient, non-surgical, radiation-free procedure that you can truly walk away from.

Customised HIFU Treatment Options

Due to the precision and flexibility of Sonablate HIFU, patients and

physicians can decide on a customised treatment plan tailored to their prostate cancer diagnosis.


Is it a one-time procedure or do I need multiple treatments?

In most cases, Sonablate HIFU is a one-time procedure that takes approximately two to four hours depending on the size of the prostate. HIFU may be repeated if necessary, and unlike radiation, HIFU is a clean energy source and will not prevent patients from pursuing other types of therapy in the event of a recurrence.


How do I know if I am a candidate for HIFU?

If you have been diagnosed with localised prostate cancer, cancer that has not spread or metastasized outside of the gland, you may be a candidate for HIFU. You should discuss your individual

medical records and history with a physician in order to confirm whether or not you are a candidate for HIFU.


What should I expect after I have HIFU?

 A catheter is left in place following the procedure for drainage of urine and will remain for two to three weeks (varies according to each patient). There is typically little pain associated with the

procedure and patients usually get back to their normal routine within a few days.


As with all medical procedures, the results vary by patient. Consult your physician to fully understand the side effects and complications associated with the HIFU procedure.


All medical procedures have risks and benefits; all potential side effects and complications should be discussed with a physician prior to undergoing any procedure. Please see for the potential side effects and a complete list of possible complications from the HIFU procedure.


For more information call: 01245 234110


Reference: UK HIFU

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