Advanced Treatment for Prostate Cancer
At USC Urology at Keck Medicine of USC, we strive to deliver exceptional care, using the most advanced prostate cancer treatments available, while integrating more individualized treatment options for our patients. Focal therapy for prostate cancer, or partial gland ablation, is a newer treatment option that minimizes side effects. Unlike other types of prostate cancer treatment, focal therapy eliminates only the parts of the prostate gland that contain cancer.
Focal Therapy Benefits
When deciding on a treatment for prostate cancer, it is important to consider the delicate areas around the prostate gland that are responsible for urinary control and erectile function. Surgery and radiation therapy can both cause damage to these sensitive areas. Side effects from surgery and radiation for prostate cancer can include bowel symptoms, urinary irritation, urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
The ultimate goal of focal therapy is to treat cancer and eliminate these side effects. Recent advances in prostate cancer imaging technology have led to more accurate detection of prostate cancer — ultimately, allowing doctors to precisely target it. Focal therapy removes the parts of the prostate gland that contain cancer, while leaving the unaffected part of the prostate alone and reducing the risk of side effects.
Focal Therapy Treatment Options
At USC Urology, we offer a variety of noninvasive focal therapy options. Our experienced care team will work closely with you to understand each option and keep you in control of your treatment plan.
One focal therapy treatment option is cryotherapy, which targets and destroys prostate cancer cells using very cold temperatures. Another effective treatment option is high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), which uses ultrasonic waves to heat up and destroy prostate cancer tissue and tumors.
Our Approach to Focal Therapy
At USC Urology, we are here to deliver a tailored prostate cancer treatment plan that is based on your needs. You will be carefully evaluated by a team of prostate cancer experts with experience in prostate cancer surgery, as well as focal therapy.
With advanced treatment options, like focal therapy, our world-class medical team will keep you informed and in control of your treatment plan every step of the way.
Make an appointment with USC Urology to meet with one of our focal therapy specialists. Our expert care team has the information you need and the answers to your questions. Together, we will help you take an important step toward treating your prostate cancer.