Many men, however, also worry about their quality of life after the prostate cancer procedure. In consultation we often hear questions such as “Will I regain the same erection as before the treatment?” and “Will I have total control of bladder after the procedure?” This is where the choice of prostate cancer treatment option matters the most because the results vary so widely depending on the procedure.
When treating a patient for prostate cancer, we have three objectives – the “trifecta” – on which we base the success of the procedure:
- Cancer control: PSA levels
- Continence: normal urinary function
- Potency: preservation of erectile function
Sonablate HIFU is precise and flexible, allowing our physicians to customize the treatment plan to each patient’s prostate cancer diagnosis with the goal of achieving these key objectives. Below is a summary of the different levels of treatment customization and their clinical results.
HIFU vs Other Therapies: Sexual Function and Continence After Prostate Cancer Treatment
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