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US HIFU Technology Featured At Third International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound
Date:11/19/2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The ability for technology from USHIFU, LLC (US HIFU), a world leader in minimally invasive high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technologies, to offer another treatment option for prostate cancer designed to balance treatment effectiveness and quality of life was the focus of several research studies presented recently at the Third International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound. 

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Organized by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, the Symposium spotlighted leading edge preclinical, translational and clinical research related to one of today's most promising and innovative therapeutic technologies.  The Foundation is a medical technology research, education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of millions of people with serious medical disorders by accelerating the development and adoption of focused ultrasound.

Dr. Louise Dickinson of University College London Hospitals (UCLH) was one of 15 early career scientists featured as 2012 Young Investigators award winners at the Symposium for her paper, "Medium term outcomes following primary focal HIFU for localised prostate cancer."  Evaluating tissue preserving strategies that have been used successfully in other solid organ cancers, such as breast cancer, UCL researchers have a number of trials underway to evaluate focal therapy, treatment of a limited amount of the prostate gland, as an alternative to traditional treatments with fewer side effects. Twelve month focal HIFU follow-up results published in Lancet Oncology in April 2012 showed that urinary and erectile function returned to pre-treatment levels in 9 out of 10 men, suggesting that using HIFU may offer patients better quality of life compared to whole-gland treatments. Dr. Dickinson presented data based on a
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