One day, HIFU may very well be a normal and FDA approved treatment for PC, until that time comes, and it may be years still, it is out of reach for the average man here, with normal financial and insurances resources to utilize. If one has access to these kinds of resources, and wants to assume all the risk associated with it, then I am 100% in favor of that man having that choice, even if it means having the treatment outside the United States.
I have no associations of any kind with any particular method or practice, I am just a "plain joe" who had the misfortune to contract PC, and in my case,
open surgery was the most logical and doable course of action, for me, and for me alone. I am still hoping that my choice was best, as I now await talking to a radiation oncologist just 8 months after major surgery. So what do I know?
If I had some magic answer or methodology for dealing with PC, for one, I would have it done to me first, and secondarly, I would love to share it for free with the rest of PC's victims.
David in SC
56, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, July 13 - meet with radiation oncologist