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Drs. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Tags: prostate cancer | ultrasound | erectile dysfunction | Dr. Oz

Breakthrough Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 10:10 AM

Cartoonist G.J. Caulkins may have been channeling a musician such as Eric Clapton or Albert King when he captioned an image of a doctor with a guitar telling a startled patient, "At our clinic we take a more 'radical' approach to ultrasound treatment."

But he wasn't far off the mark — at least when it comes to the benefits of using high-intensity, focused ultrasound (HIFU) to destroy prostate cancer tumors that have not spread.

A new study in the U.K. tracked 625 men who received the beam-blasting therapy instead of more traditional treatments such as radiation and/or surgery. Reporting results in the journal European Urology, the researchers found:

• After five years, the cancer survival rate from HIFU was 100 percent. The cancer survival rate from surgery and radiotherapy also is 100 percent at five years.

• Approximately 1 in 10 men receiving HIFU needed further treatment; also the same as with other treatments.

The difference? The risk of side effects from the ultrasound therapy — urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction — are 2 and 15 percent, respectively. Other treatment options are associated with incontinence for 5 to 30 percent of patients and erectile dysfunction for 30 to 60 percent.

The Food and Drug Administration hasn't yet approved the use of HIFU for prostate cancer treatment (it is allowed for prostate tissue ablation, meaning it can target benign prostate enlargement) — but the FDA is considering it.

However, some doctors caution that approval will lead to overuse, when most early-stage prostate cancer calls for active surveillance, not treatment. So stay tuned.

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A new study in the U.K. tracked 625 men who received the beam-blasting therapy instead of more traditional treatments such as radiation and/or surgery.
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