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US HIFU to Showcase High Intensity Focused Ultrasound for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer at AUA
Date:5/17/2012

versity of Cincinnati have joined the U.S. FDA clinical trial. The new sites join such institutions as Walter Reed Medical Center, UCLA, Fox Chase Cancer Center and Indiana University as investigators evaluating the Sonablate® 500 as a possible treatment for recurrent prostate cancer in patients treated previously with radiation therapy.  

The company also announced they will host informal briefing sessions with Dr. Hashim Ahmed and Dr. Mark Emberton of the University College of London Hospital.  The sessions will highlight research being done at UCLH using US HIFU technology for focal therapy, including a recent study using the Sonablate to deliver focal treatment for prostate cancer. The outcome of this initial study indicates HIFU may provide an alternative to traditional treatment with significantly fewer side effects, according to results published in the current issue of Lancet Oncology (DOI:10.1016/S1470-2045(12)70121-3).

In addition, although still investigational in the United States, recent HIFU treatment guidelines have been issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) of the United Kingdom.  Interventional procedure guidance 424, "Focal therapy using high-intensity focused ultrasound for localised prostate cancer," indicates current evidence on focal therapy using HIFU for localized prostate cancer raises no major safety concerns.

HIFU is a therapy that destroys targeted tissue with rapid heat elevation. HIFU concentrates high frequency ultrasound waves (similar to a magnifying glass) into an area the size of a grain of rice. At that location, or focal point, the temperature rapidly rises to almost 90 degrees Celsius (195 degrees Fahrenheit).  Tissue at the focal point, including cancerous tissue, is destroyed. HIFU uses non-ionizing energy, so the procedure can be repeated, if necessary. HIFU is being studied around the world to treat a wide v
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