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  • 1. What is the prostate?

    The prostate is a small gland that is part of the male reproductive system. A normal, healthy prostate is about the size and shape of a walnut. Its position in the body is just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The urethra -the tube that carries urine from the bladder and semen Read More

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  • 2. What is prostate cancer?

    Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men after lung cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 230,900 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year. Before the introduction of the PSA (prostate specific antigen) Read More

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  • 3. Where does prostate cancer spread?

    As the prostate grows, it grows through the prostate, the prostate capsule and the fat that surround the prostate. It can also grow into the base of the bladder and into the seminal vesicles which are located adjacent to the prostate. The spread of cancer is known as metastasis. When cancer spreads outside of the Read More

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  • 4. What options do I have for treating prostate cancer?

    There are a number of different options for how prostate cancer can be treated, each has its own risks and benefits. Primarily patients chose between watchful waiting, surgery, and different types of radiation therapy. New emerging prostate cancer treatments such as HIFU are becoming increasingly popular because they are non invasive and preserve patient quality Read More

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  • 5. Why are regular prostate check ups important?

    Early prostate cancer has very symptoms, so it can only be found through routine screening. As men get older, especially over the age of 50, it is very important to be tested and to identify any abnormalities. Not all prostate problems are cancer, but prostate cancer is the most serious problem. Some prostate cancers are Read More

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  • 1. What is BPH?

    BPH, or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is an enlargement of the prostate that is common in men over the age of 50. It is not cancer and is not malignant. If the prostate gets too big it can put pressure on the urethra and bladder, causing problems with urination.

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  • 2. Can BPH be treated with High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)?

    Absolutely. The Sonablate 500 is an acoustic ablation device that is used for the treatment of BPH and prostate cancer. It is a non invasive procedure that can be done usually in one hour for most BPH cases. Several studies have been published on results of using HIFU to treat BPH. You can read more Read More

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  • 1. What is the history of HIFU and how long has it been done?

    Research on HIFU actually began in the 1950s at Indiana University. In 1994, the first human prostate cancer study was done by Dr. Marberger and Madersbacher at the Univ. of Vienna in Austria using the now Sonablate 200 treating 29 human prostates in vivo shortly before performing a radical prostatectomy. The goal was to see Read More

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  • 2. Where can I find HIFU data and statistics?

    To read clinical papers, abstracts and data visit our clinical data section where you can download the latest published data and reports. Learn more about the Benefits of HIFU with the Sonablate 500.

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  • 3. Does HIFU only treat the cancerous cells or does it ablate the entire prostate?

    HIFU treated the entire prostate by targeting tissue in six overlapping treatment zones. The tissue is heated rapidly in small lesion until eventually the entire prostate is ablated. By treating the entire prostate gland, the chance for recurrence, or the cancer coming back is minimized. All the organs and tissue outside of the prostate remain Read More

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