It's terrible that prostate cancer is so prevalent in your family. I am sorry to hear that.
I for one am very sorry for the harsh welcome when you arrived. While I know you are happy with your treatment modality, and a good representative of patients that chose HIFU, your arrival was timed with another series from an individual that were overly advertising in a way not permitted at HW. Especially for new members. However the decision to take a strong stance was because that individual was being nasty about
common treatment choices the majority at HW had undertaken. They were also using inaccurate data at that to promote HIFU. Again, my apologies.
My hope and prayers are for you to have a very long and healthy life. Soon enough HIFU will be legal in the US for use as a treatment outside of clinical trial. I digress to the guidelines from the NCCN that list those who best qualify for HIFU, Cryo, surgery, and radiation, in low risk cases, that no treatment is the recommendation. Here is the link describing this new standard:prostatecancerinfolink.net/2010/01/07/nccn-updates-prostate-cancer-management-guidance/
I understand however that for many men, doing nothing is not a good decision for them. It causes worry and lowers quality of life for those that live in anxiety over this disease. Perhaps this will prove to be the class of patient that is best suited for HIFU.
I do not disagree with Cedar on questioning the ethics of doctors who practice in the US and lure patients out of the country for treatment with unapproved procedures. These doctors could just as easily stayed in the US and helped with the trial period by participating in the trial as opposed to receiving large sums of cash payments. This is not to question the use of HUFU, but rather, questions the use of the procedure for profit ahead of the community need for validation of the use of HIFU.
I extend a very late welcome to you at HW.