Current Urology Reports

, 9:113

Current status of high-intensity focused ultrasound for prostate cancer: Technology, clinical outcomes, and future


DOI: 10.1007/s11934-008-0022-3

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Murat, FJ.L. & Gelet, A. Curr Urol Rep (2008) 9: 113. doi:10.1007/s11934-008-0022-3


Based on a review of recently published articles, we evaluated the current status of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) as a primary treatment option for localized prostate cancer and as a salvage therapy when radiation has failed. With mid-and long-term progression-free survival rates around 70%, negative postoperative prostate biopsies almost 90%, and an excellent morbidity profile, primary HIFU appears to be a valid alternative to active surveillance protocols in low-risk patients and standard therapies in patients with life expectancies of 10 or fewer years. Moreover, HIFU has a considerable potential for local-only recurrence after radiation failure. HIFU is a recent technology, and many improvements will undoubtedly expand its future indications and use for the management of prostate cancer.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Urology and Transplantation DepartmentEdouard Herriot HospitalLyon Cedex 03France