Dr. Ronald Wheeler, M.D., a Urologist with over 25 years of practice, has performed more High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) procedures, using both the Sonablate and Ablatherm technologies, than any other urologist in the world. After treating hundreds of patients, Dr. Wheeler has perfected the procedure and has selected the best technology for maintaining potency and continence, while delivering the maximum rate of cure. Do not consider a treating physician who has only used one technology.
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU, is a therapy that destroys tissue with rapid heat elevation, which essentially "cooks" the tissue. Ultrasound energy, or sound waves, is focused at a specific location and at that "focal point" the temperature rises to 90 degrees Celsius in a matter of seconds with no pain or discomfort, under general anesthesia. Recovery is fast, with no hospital stay.
Focal treatment with Ablatherm® HIFU
The typical prostate cancer patient has evolved over the past 20 years inevitably leading to new therapeutic needs. In the 1990s, the life expectancy for the patient diagnosed with prostate cancer rounded 7 years; therefore the need for aggressive curative (radical prostatectomy and radiation therapy) treatments was strong despite the impact on quality of life.
As of today, patients are diagnosed at earlier stages and at a younger age, often in their early 60s, with a life expectancy of 15 years. Offering them the same treatment options as 20 years ago dramatically jeopardizes their quality of life which is now their major concern.
Ablatherm® HIFU is a modern, truly non-invasive, focal treatment guaranteeing to preserve patients’ quality of life and leaving all treatment options open including repeat HIFU in case of local recurrence of the disease.
Focal treatment for localized prostate cancer is an answer to limiting the treatment to the prostatic area affected by cancer to reduce side effects such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Ablatherm HIFU is designed to do custom treatment depending on each patient’s prostate anatomy and is therefore perfectly suited for focal treatment.
For Ablatherm HIFU, focal treatment is divided into several protocols:
Prostate hemi-ablation: treatment of the half of the prostate affected by cancer
Nerve-sparing: treatment intended to maintain erectile function by treating the whole prostate except the neurovascular bundles on each side of the prostate
Zonal treatment: the most cancer-targeted approach treating only the area affected by cancer
Preserving quality of life with focal Ablatherm HIFU treatment
Erection nerves are not treated enabling to maintain erections (unilaterally or bilaterally)