New prostate cancer treatment shrinks tumours without the side effects

Gentlemen, if you’re like me, then the word “wait” isn’t really part of your vocabulary.

But when it comes to prostate cancer, I often recommend my patients to try a “wait and see” approach. That’s because most cases of prostate cancer aren’t life threatening – and they don’t warrant the mainstream’s aggressive, slash-and-burn treatments like surgery, radiation, and chemo.

But if you’ve been searching for a happy medium – a way to treat prostate cancer without the risks that come with traditional mainstream methods – a new treatment may literally be music to your ears.

In fact, researchers say they can now shrink your tumours using sound waves.

The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved a NEW treatment for prostate cancer called “High Intensity Focused Ultrasound” (HIFU, for short). And in a landmark study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, it helped 89 per cent of patients who received it see significant reduction in tumour size.

That meant that 93 per cent of them were able to avoid surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

HIFU works because it directly treats the cancer with focused energy that heats and kills the tumour – and only the tumour – by literally bringing it to its boiling point.

Other common cancer treatments generally destroy everything in their wake, including your healthy cells and tissues.

Since the immune systems of the study’s patients weren’t weakened by HIFU, they were found to have a 97 per cent chance of survival after five years. Now, that’s about as close to a perfect score as I’ve seen in prostate cancer treatments.

What’s more, the incidence of HIFU’s side effects was drastically lower than with other treatments. The men who got HIFU in the study managed to dodge the nausea and hair loss that generally come with chemotherapy and radiation; AND their risk of erectile dysfunction dropped to 15 per cent, down from nearly 50 per cent for men who have traditional treatments.

The risk of “having an accident” – that is, urinary incontinence – was also brought down to less than two per cent with HIFU. That’s a vast improvement over the 20 per cent chance of urine leakage with traditional treatments.

When you’re diagnosed with a disease like prostate cancer, your instinct is to fix it – and HIFU may become a safer way to do that.

It could be a while before a doctor’s office near you adopts the treatment. But don’t be afraid to have a chat with your doctor about your options and to see when it may become available.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

 J Cancer 2016; 7(3):225-231. doi:10.7150/jca.13906

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