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Prostate cancer: Revolutionary treatment blasts cancer cells

Paul Sayer, founding father of the charity Prost8, is preventing to enhance entry to high-intensity targeted ultrasound (HIFU) for early-stage illness.

He stated: “People don’t realise that there are other forms of non-invasive treatment out there that can help you live longer and better following a prostate cancer diagnosis.

“I went in as a day case, had the treatment over an hour-and-a-half, came out with a catheter which was soon removed and that was it.

“I have just had my three-year check-up and it’s totally clear. This treatment allowed me to still be me.”

Invasive therapies for prostate cancer can result in distressing unintended effects corresponding to urinary and erectile dysfunction.

HIFU is a type of focal remedy which makes use of extremely targeted beams of ultrasound to focus on tumour cells whereas sparing as a lot wholesome tissue as attainable.

A ten-year research discovered focal remedy can management cancer simply in addition to radical surgical procedure however crucially has higher life-style outcomes.

Professor Hashim Ahmed, chair of urology at Imperial College London who led the analysis, stated it was an enormous breakthrough.

He stated: “The treatment, which could be available for nearly 12,000 men diagnosed each year with intermediate grade cancer that has not spread outside of the prostate gland, is showing excellent outcomes for cancer control with better quality of life.

“The few hospitals currently offering this treatment can’t cope – we need more hospitals, we need more surgeons, we need more capacity.”

Professor Ahmed stated personal choices can be found however prices £12,000-£16,000 per affected person.

HIFU is at present solely accessible at three NHS hospitals however six extra are eager to host items.

Paul based Prost8 after receiving HIFU three years in the past and is now calling on the general public to assist elevate the money wanted to open amenities in Wrexham, Norwich, Norfolk, Scotland and London, and enhance an current unit in Southampton.

The charity’s One in Eight marketing campaign desires one in eight of the UK’s grownup male inhabitants to donate £1 to boost the £3million wanted to fund the brand new items.

The determine represents the one in eight males who might be identified with prostate cancer of their lifetime.

Paul added: “I have conversations with guys where I’m in tears and they’re in tears – these are tough conversations, and they need to know there’s a great option available to them.

“The campaign is a very low ask to achieve such an important change and create a lasting legacy.”

Grant Gooding came upon about HIFU on-line after asking for treatment suggestions.

He was identified with prostate cancer in 2018 and was solely advised about surgical procedure, radiotherapy and lively surveillance – a ‘watch and wait’ strategy.

Grant, 61, stated: “I put on social media about my diagnosis and asked if anyone had any recommendations over treatment.

“I began talking to lots of different men about the options and was surprised by how many had had it and their wide variety of experiences. I was also introduced to Paul at the Prost8 charity.”

Grant, who labored as an analyst in London, compiled a spreadsheet of treatment choices.

He stated: “HIFU seems to be the better treatment really because of the side effects.”

Prost8 helped the father-of-one to entry the treatment in September final year. He now helps the marketing campaign to assist different males profit.

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