Technology is certainly moving quickly concerning prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. Biopsies can now be made more accurate by utilising specific MRI scanning and ultrasound together to target the cancer cells. I’m sure you are familiar with the old “shotgun approach” where multiple needles are inserted and you just hope that one of them hits the target. With this new approach, there is far greater accuracy with a more defined biopsy result.
For a proper description of this and other ground-breaking techniques, I suggest you have a look at Professor Phillip Stricker’s website. Professor Stricker has been pioneering therapies such as the NanoKnife, the use of high-frequency electrical current, and Focal Therapy, where ultrasound is used. These therapies can lead to fewer side-effects, particular in the area of erectile dysfunction and incontinence – neither of which men want to deal with!
It is important to remember that not all men with prostate cancer will be suitable candidates for any of the above treatments. Each man will need to discuss with his specialist the range of possible treatments available for his specific set of circumstances. If a man is uncertain or in doubt, I believe that it is always wise to consider a second opinion. Your health is your responsibility.