Cancer is increasingly becoming a number one killer and unless measures are taken to control the disease, many people might end up losing their lives as a result of cancer related ailments. Although many of the cancer related ailments can be treated if detected at their onset, many people continue to die of these diseases. Diseases such as prostate cancer rank as the number one killer of men among all cancers in the United States. Early detection of prostate cancer is critical to a successful treatment procedure. The procedure of treating prostate cancer also depends on the extent of damage that the disease has caused to the body. One of the procedures used in the treatment of prostate cancer is high intensity focused ultrasound treatment procedure.
The hifu procedure involves the use high intensity focused ultrasound rays which are directed to the affected part. A high intensity focused ultrasound beam is directed to the affected part thereby damaging all the cancerous cells. The procedure is only effective in single tumor cancers and cannot be used on tumor that has spread to other parts of the body. The technology used in hifu procedure is similar to directing sunrays on a particular place using a magnifying glass. One of the reasons why this procedure is considered one of the most effective in the treatment of prostate cancer is because it can be monitored as it progresses by the doctor to ensure every cancerous tumor is eliminated. The doctor is able to direct the rays to the affected parts only and no other part can be affected by this procedure. Other healthy cells bordering the affected part cannot be destroyed when hifu treatment is administered to prostate cancer patients. The procedure only takes a short time and therefore one does not need to remain in hospital before or after the procedure. One can have the procedure performed on the same day they come to hospital. One is given one or two hours to rest after the procedure after which they are allowed to go home. The procedure is considered one of the most effective because it comes with fewer side effects. Side effects such as erectile dysfunction which are associated with other prostate cancer treatment do not occur when hifu procedure is used. This is because it does not destroy healthy cells adjacent to the affected parts. The procedure does not involve surgery and therefore healing takes place fast. One can go back to their normal lives a few days after treatment