Major US insurer to cover use of HIFU for treatment of radiorecurrent prostate cancer

According to a media release issued on March 18 by EDAP TMS, the US healthcare insurance firm CIGNA has agreed to cover the use of high-intensity focal ultrasound (HIFU) as a second-line, salvage therapy for men with radiorecurrent prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The misleading promotion of HIFU as a treatment for prostate cancer

We were recently made aware of a video on Facebook promoting high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) as a treatment for prostate cancer. The video promotes the services of a particular group of physicians who specialize in this form of treatment. They are, of course, entirely entitled to do this. READ MORE …

Practical aspects of deciding whether HIFU is an appropriate treatment “for you”

An article by Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News, posted yesterday on the STAT health news web site, asks whether high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is being “over-sold” to prostate cancer patients based on the limited outcome data currently available. … READ MORE …

Salvage HIFU in men with a rising PSA after first-line surgery

We have long presumed that it would be possible to consider high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) as a form of salvage therapy for men with biochemically recurrent disease after either surgery or radiation therapy. Now there are some data on this concept. … READ MORE …

Let’s call this “new technology” what it is; it’s a form of HIFU

According to information in the Boston Herald earlier today, researchers at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston (one of the main teaching hospitals associated with Harvard University) are testing a new form of technology to treat localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

5-year outcomes from a large cohort of HIFU-treated patients in the UK

For several years now, the Ahmed/Emberton-led research team in the United Kingdom (UK) has published the majority of the detailed outcomes data from treatment of men with localized prostate cancer using high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). This group has now given us 5-year outcomes on a cohort of > 550 patients. … READ MORE …

Data from a prospective trial of HIFU-based hemiablation for localized prostate cancer

A new report provides data from a prospective, single-center, Phase II trial of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in prostate cancer hemiablation as a form of focal therapy. The study was carried out in Belgium. … READ MORE …