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High Intensity Focused Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer(HIFU)

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer(HIFU)

Package Cost : $10,000

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Most advanced minimal invasive radiation free treatment for prostate cancer that uses heat to destroy cancer cells in early stages and preserves quality of life.


Q1 What does HIFU treatment involve?


A1 High frequency ultrasound waves are used in this procedure to heat and destroy cancer cells in Prostate by using a probe that emits a beam of High Intensity ultrasound waves. Temperature produced is in the range of 60o to 100o C.


Q2 What is HIFU treatment recommended for?


A2 HIFU is recommended in case of localized prostate cancer and also, in case of recurrent prostate cancer after radiotherapy where it is referred to as “Salvage HIFU”.


Q3 How is it done?

A3. It is an outpatient procedure that takes around 2 to 4 hours. Patients are generally given spinal anesthesia and a light sedative through vein. A catheter is placed inside the bladder for few weeks so as to ensure that the bladder empties properly. 


Q4 What are the advantages of HIFU procedure?


A4. HIFU has an edge over other treatment modalities. HIFU is a 

  • Minimal invasive non surgical procedure

  • An outpatient procedure

  • Incision less and radiation free technique

  • Highly precise

  • No blood loss

  • Fast recovery

  • Early resumption of work

  • Patient’s quality of life is preserved as the nerves responsible for erectile function and urinary continence are spared.

  • Can be repeated, if necessary.

  • Harmless to the adjacent healthy tissue

Q5 What are the various treatment options for Prostate cancer?


A5 There are various treatment options for Prostate cancer that can be used alone or in combination. They can be enlisted as:


  • Watchful Waiting

  • Active Surveillance

  • Radiation Therapy

  • Hormonal Therapy

  • Chemotherapy

  • Surgery

  • Cryosurgery

  • HIFU(High Intensity Focused Ultrasound)

​Your specialist is the best person to analyze your condition thoroughly after your clinical examination and evaluation of your medical reports to suggest the most suitable treatment plan for you. 


​Q6 What is Active Surveillance?


A6 Active Surveillance is a way of treating a medical condition, a treatment plan wherein regular tests are carried out on a scheduled time interval such as Serum PSA(Prostate specific antigen) test scheduled every 3 to 6 months, Prostate biopsy every year and regular physical examination, DRE(Digital rectal exmination). Also, waiting period in between to closely watch the medical condition of the patient, in contrast to prompt treatment with surgery or any other treatment modality.


No treatment is given during Active Surveillance unless the regular tests results indicate worsening of the condition. The main purpose of the Active surveillance is to avoid or put off treatment modalities such as radiotherapy or surgery, if possible, to keep away from the associated side effects. It gives the patient added benefits of preserved quality of life for a long period of life and decreased complications.


The viability of active surveillance as an alternative treatment option, even watchful waiting, other than immediate treatment with surgery, radiation therapy or hormonal therapy is analyzed by the specialist in each and every person who is diagnosed with prostate cancer and then the treatment is carefully planned best customized to the patient's needs. It is paramount to explore all possible treatment options after thoroughly discussing your condition with your specialist and mutually determine the best treatment modality whether alone or in combination best suited to your medical condition, your prostate cancer status and your preference.


Also, It is always recommended to seek second opinion to make an informed decision about the best treatment plan for you.


Q7 When is Active surveillance considered as an alternative treatment option, in case of Prostate cancer?


A7 Although each and every person recently diagnosed with Prostate cancer is evaluated thoroughly to see if Active surveillance can be a viable treatment option for him,however, only men with very early, localized, slow progressing or less aggressive prostate cancer are considered suitable for Active Surveillance. Several factors such as Serum PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) value, Gleason score and other important markers in the Biopsy result, clinical stage determined by your clinical examination by the specialist, are taken into account to determine the benefits of considering active surveillance for you, as an alternative to immediate treatment with surgery, hormonal or radiation therapy.


Q8 What is meant by watchful waiting in case of Prostate Cancer?


 A8 Watchful waiting entails keeping away from active treatment for Prostate cancer, such as surgery, radiation therapy or hormonal therapy in men with advanced age and several medical conditions until they encounter significant symptoms due to prostate cancer. The criteria for its indication can be summarized as follows:

  • Advanced age with life expectancy not beyond 5 to 10 yrs.

  • Early prostate cancer

  • Absence of significant symptoms

This criteria for consideration of watchful waiting for prostate cancer patient is based on the assumption that a remarkable number of men with prostate cancer have slow growing prostate cancer condition and will not be adversely affected by it during their expected lifetime. However, it is not indicted for men with advanced age but who enjoy good health and have a life expectancy of more than 10 yrs. In such cases, active treatment such as surgery or radiation is pursued.



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Benefits of HIFU treatment for Prostate Cancer in India


  • Team approach- Holistic approach is taken with multidisciplinary team of specialists contributing their expertise right from the screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow up.

  • High Quality treatment at the most affordable cost.

  • World class hospitals with state of the art infrastructure.

  • Most advanced diagnostic and treatment methods are employed for optimal results.

  • Highly skilled and experienced, Globally trained doctors, carrying out the procedure with competence and ease.

  • High success rate with good clinical outcome.

  • Great ambience

  • Compassionate staff to look after

  • Hospitals accredited with international organizations such as JCI(Joint commission International) for quality standards.

  • Language no barrier. English speaking people and if required, translators are available for your convenience

  • Most economical accommodation available at a walking distance from the hospital. Wide range of options starting from guest house, service apartments to five star hotels, best suited to your budget and choice.

  • Good flight connectivity

  • India has a diverse and rich cultural heritage. You can witness its beauty and uniqueness. It offers most conducive environment for recuperation.

Dr Ashish Sabharwal

MBBS,MS(General Surgery), DNB(Urology)

Fellowship in Endourology and Robotic Prostate Surgery(Miami,Florida,USA)

Senior Consultant in Urology and Andrology

Apollo Spectra Hospital, New Delhi

Special Interest in:

Robotic Surgery for Prostate cancer,HIFU treatment for prostate cancer

Laser surgery,TURP for BPH

Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants


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