New hope for prostate cancer patients
Patients suffering from
prostate cancer, the second most common cancer among men, can now avail the
non-invasive High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound (HIFU) treatment at Jaslok
Hospital and Research Centre at Peddar Road. The technology allows speedy and
hassle free treatment of early stage prostate cancer
without the side effects of chemotherapy or
radiation therapy. "This technology is not here to replace any other technique.
It can only be used to treat cancer that is confined to the organ and has not
spread to any other part of the body," said Dr. Shailesh Raina, urologist at
Jaslok hospital, at a press conference on Friday. The device was introduced in
the country last January at Promila Hospital, Hyderabad and is also present in
two hospitals in Delhi. In Mumbai, Yavar Abbas (89), a filmmaker, was the first
to benefit from the treatment. HIFU works on the principal of focussing
ultrasound energy in a small area that heats up and destroys the targeted tissue
while leaving the healthy tissue around it intact. The procedure can be
performed in a mere four to six hours, ruling out the need for admissions.
The organisation plans to launch an awareness
campaign in major metros in April.