HIFU Treatment in Salt Lake City
Prostate Cancer Treatment from Dr. Gange
In the United States, approximately 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer which is the most common non-skin cancer in men. Fortunately, thanks to awareness and advancements in treatment options, 5-year survival of patients diagnosed is up 99%. Dr. Gange, an innovator in modern treatment options, offers HIFU which is one of the latest innovations in prostate cancer treatment.
Sonablate® HIFU is most effective for men who have early stage, a localized prostate cancer that has not spread or metastasized outside the prostate. Dr. Gange was trained by the two leading HIFU surgeons in the world and began performing HIFU in 2007 taking his patients outside of the US (40 countries approved HIFU use before the US). Finally, FDA clearance in late 2015 paved the path for treatment in the US; after some logistical hurdles, Dr. Gange now offers HIFU treatment for prostate cancer patients in Salt Lake City. Meanwhile, Dr. Gange has performed more HIFU procedures for than any urologist in the Intermountain West. It is recommended that all men discuss individual medical records and history with a physician in order to confirm whether or not they are a candidate for HIFU.
Sonablate® HIFU is also an effective therapy for recurrent prostate cancer when patients may not have any other treatment options. Many patients who have had radiation therapy experience a rise in PSA and discover that the cancer has returned. These patients may be candidates for the HIFU treatment as well.
“I strongly believe that a curative procedure should never be worse than the disease” Steven Gange, MD
The Sonablate® HIFU Procedure
The HIFU procedure typically lasts between 1-4 hours, depending on the size of the prostate, and is either done under general or epidural anesthesia. .Dr Gange was trained by the two leading HIFU surgeons in the world and began performing HIFU in 2007 taking his patients outside of the US (40 countries approved HIFU use before the US). Finally, FDA clearance in late 2015 paved the path for treatment in the US; after some logistical hurdles, Dr. Gange now offers HIFU treatment for prostate cancer patients in Salt Lake City. Meanwhile, Dr. Gange has performed more HIFU procedures than any urologist in the Intermountain West. During the procedure, a suprapubic or foley catheter will be put into place to help with urination, and will typically stay in place for 1-3 weeks.
After the HIFU treatment, patients will be in recovery for about 2-4 hours. Once released from the treatment center, patients return home or to a hotel to recover more comfortably.
Though it is recommended that patients take things easy, most patients feel well enough to go out for dinner and maybe even a walk, the day of the procedure.
“For early to intermediate risk cancer, HIFU therapy is equal to radical surgery in terms of cancer control. And it offers a much more favorable side effect profile. Primarily, minimal to no incontinence risks, and a minimal impact on erectile function.” Steven Gange, MD
HIFU Outcomes & Effectiveness
Studies show after being treated with HIFU…
of men (low risk) were disease-free after 4 years
of men had a PSA of .2ng/ML or lower after 3 months
Side Effects & Complication Rates
Sonablate® HIFU is non-invasive and has the ability to spare the nerves responsible for preserving potency. Additionally, the procedure does not damage muscles that control urinary function. Therefore HIFU patients typically experience much lower rates of side effects than traditional treatments.