Patient choice and the effectiveness and safety of HIFU

An interesting article has just been published in the Journal of Urology which helps to provide information (and context) about the quality of data supporting the use of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in the treatment of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

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 …

A Phase III clinical trial of high-intensity exercise in the management of advanced prostate cancer

According to a news release just issued by Queen’s University, Belfast, a group of  150 researchers around the world is coming together to expand enrollment and access to the Australian INTERVAL trial into a global trial to test whether serious exercise should be prescribed as part of the treatment for men with advanced 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 …

Yet another new type of HIFU is now in Phase II clinical trials

Another breathless media release has announced enrollment of the first patient into a Phase II clinical trial of yet another new form of high-intensity, focused ultrasound (HIFU) in men with low-risk and favorable, intermediate-risk, localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

HIFU for hemiablation of localized prostate cancer

A major plenary presentation at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) will provide data from a rather small French trial of  high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in the focal management of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …