A new prostrate cancer treatment could remove the disease with fewer side effects

The Guardian reported that a study has revealed that a new treatment for prostate cancer could remove the disease from nine in ten men without debilitating side effects, leading to new hope for tens of thousands of men.

Researchers at UCL have conducted a small study of focal therapy which shows a dramatic fall in rates of incontinence and other problems after treatment. The study was the first to use an experimental treatment known as HIFU (high-intensity focused ultrasound) to treat areas of cancer that are only a few millimetres in size, a technique known as focal therapy.

Dr Hashim Ahmed, who led the study at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and UCL, said: “Our results are very encouraging. We’re optimistic that men diagnosed with prostate cancer may soon be able to undergo a day case surgical procedure, which can be safely repeated once or twice, to treat their condition with very few side-effects. That could mean a significant improvement in their quality of life.

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