UK Trial - Sound Waves To Treat Prostate Cancer

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A trial involving 150 men in the UK is just about to start, using sound waves to melt away prostate cancer. The treatment uses high intensity focused ultrasound and is claimed to be as effective as conventional surgery or radiotherapy, but with far less risk of incontinence or impotence.

Open quotesThe treatment is claimed to be as effective as surgery or radiotherapy, but with far less risk of incontinence or
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Indeed research has already taken place in Japan on early and medium stage prostate cancer. This recorded a 70 per cent cancer free patient list after five years. (Ed: five year survival in UK is 43 per cent). The treatment is cheaper and less invasive than current treatments and it can be over in approximately three hours under a local or regional anaesthetic.

Only 22 per cent of men in the Japanese research complained of sexual dysfunction, whereas orthodox treatment can leave two thirds of men with problems.

The sound waves heat the tissue to 90°C destroying the cancer tissue almost instantly.

The trial will take place in Oxford and London.

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