Treatment for Patients with Prostate Cancer
NASSAU, Bahamas – March 6, 2013 – The National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be more than 238,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the U.S. this year. These men will face challenges and difficult decisions in evaluating the most effective treatment options based on their health, age, lifestyle and stage at diagnosis. Doctors Hospital Health System, which includes Bahamas Medical Center and Doctors Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas, offers access to a potentially life-saving treatment for men with prostate cancer. This treatment has been proven to destroy prostate cancer tissue with incredible accuracy.
The High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a state-of-the-art technology that concentrates ultrasound waves to a targeted area to treat prostate cancer. A growing number of American men travel to The Bahamas to receive the HIFU procedure, which is still not available in the US.
“Our expert physicians ensure that our patients consistently receive the highest-quality healthcare by working diligently to remain on the leading edge of medical advancements,” said Barry Rassin, President of Doctors Hospital Health System. “When it comes to treating prostate cancer, we are proud to provide our male patients access to our incredible HIFU treatment, which has been recognized as a powerful tool in the fight against prostate cancer.”
The HIFU technology available through Doctors Hospital Health System features outstanding imaging capabilities, which allows physicians to easily see and identify vital structures such as the prostate capsule, seminal vesicles, rectal wall and neurovascular bundles. This pinpoint accuracy provides for precise focusing of ultrasound energy during HIFU therapy, destroying the targeted disease tissue, while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue unharmed.
Patients who receive HIFU are also at a reduced risk for developing side effects, such as impotence and incontinence, which are often common with other treatments for prostate cancer. HIFU can be repeated as many times as necessary to treat prostate cancer without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. It can also be used in combination with other traditional cancer treatments. HIFU is approved for the treatment of prostate cancer in Canada, Europe, China, Japan, Mexico, and much of South and Central America.
“Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be life altering,” stated Rassin. “Through our cutting-edge HIFU procedure, we are offering men with prostate cancer a way to fight this disease without compromising their physical condition. Since HIFU is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately two to three hours, many of our patients incorporate their procedure as part of a medical vacation. While in The Bahamas, patients can enjoy our island’s beautiful beaches, great food and warm island culture.”