Focal therapy targets and kills only the index cancer cells with either cryotherapy (freezing), high-intensity focused ultrasound (intense heating), laser-induced interstitial thermotherapy (intense heating) and irreversible electroporation (cell destruction). The idea is that by not treating the entire prostate, the untoward side effects from surgery or radiotherapy can be avoided.
But focal therapy works on the assumption that this index lesion is primarily responsible for cancer recurring, and that this lesion can reliably be imaged, biopsied and specifically treated.
Cryotherapy is an option for men with localized or locally advanced prostate cancer, where the tumor has only extended out of one side of the prostate (T3a). It may be used as an alternative to surgery, particularly for men who do not qualify for surgery for various reasons.
he National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend using cryotherapy for prostate cancer only as part of clinical trials. Specialist centres doing their own research can also use it.
Cryotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment primarily for prostate, kidney and lung cancers as well as a palliative treatment for bone pain. It has been used since the 19th Century, but advancements continue to be made every year.
Since its foundation, Galil Medical has dedicated extensive research toward increasing the ease of use and precision of cryotherapy and minimally invasive procedures in order for physicians to provide patients with rapid recovery times and a high quality of life.
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU, is a precise and targeted noninvasive therapy for localized prostate cancer. HIFU uses ultrasound energy, or sound waves, to heat and destroy specifically targeted areas of tissue.
Ablatherm HIFU does not involve surgery but instead uses a High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) beam which safely and effectively destroys the prostate tissue with minimal side effects.
We design, create, and deliver image guided, minimally invasive, high intensity focused ultrasound approaches to interventional oncology that minimize the side effects associated with achieving cancer control.