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More than 2.8 million men in the United States were living with prostate cancer in 2013, and about 1 in 7 men will contract prostate cancer during their lifetime.
While this might sound like a grim prospect, men like Glenn Seymour of North Carolina are telling a different story about their fight against prostate cancer, thanks to an innovative procedure called HIFU.
Seymour, one of the first American patients to undergo the procedure, told KATU that, not only has he been cancer-free for the seven years since his treatment, he hasn’t experienced any adverse side effects.
“The quality of life – it didn’t change anything,” Seymour said. “It was like a blip on the screen, so to speak.”
While HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is new to the United States, it has been used to treat more than 45,000 prostate cancer patients worldwide.
The treatment may sound exotic at first, but ultrasound has been used for decades in treating kidney stones and localized prostate cancer. The HIFU procedure is radiation-free, FDA-cleared and two years after HIFU, 90.5% of men had maintained a stable PSA. One of its chief benefits it that, in the majority of cases, the prostate can be saved.