is now approved by the FDA and available to prostate cancer patients in the Northwest.
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (or HIFU) offers a minimally invasive yet effective means of treating prostate cancer.
Dr. Stanley Myers and NW HIFU Partners are now offering focal, hemi-gland, and whole-gland HIFU treatment to prostate cancer patients throughout the Northwest.
Advantages of HIFU
The HIFU probe is similar to the ultrasound probes used for trans-rectal prostate biopsies. The probe is placed in the rectum after the patient is under anesthesia. The HIFU ultrasound waves travel harmlessly through tissue until they reach the focal point, where the energy and heat become intense, destroying the tissue in the focal area. This allows the surgeon to accurately destroy cancer while leaving other critical structures intact.
Minimally invasive / outpatient procedure
No blood loss
Precise and accurate destruction of prostate cancer
How HIFU works
Like a magnifying glass focuses the light from the sun, HIFU focuses ultrasound waves. These high intensity sound waves generate enormous heat when they are focused. This heat destroys the cancer without damaging surrounding tissue.