Italian Urologists Recommends HIFU as a Standard of Care for Prostate Cancer Treatment

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Italian Urologists Recommends HIFU as a Standard of Care for Prostate Cancer Treatment

by d2322 on Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:00 AM

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EDAP Announces Association of Italian Urologists Recommends HIFU as a Standard of Care for Prostate Cancer Treatment
Supported by Expanding Physician Utilization of HIFU in Europe
LYON, France, Apr 8, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) — EDAP TMS SA (Nasdaq:EDAP), the global leader in therapeutic ultrasound, announced today that the Association of Italian Urologists (AURO) has recommended High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) as a standard of care for the treatment of prostate cancer as part of the Association’s new guidelines on prostate cancer diagnosis and therapy.

The recommendation and updated guidelines on the use of HIFU for prostate cancer are based on the significant number of HIFU patients treated in Europe to date and on a comprehensive review of the current literature highlighting the positive clinical outcomes and acceptable follow-up.

AURO is recommending HIFU as a standard of care treatment for localized prostate cancer, highlighting its major advantage as a minimally invasive approach and because side effects following a HIFU procedure have proven to be very low, preserving patient quality of life. AURO recommends the use of HIFU for primary care patients with localized prostate cancer (T1-T2 stages) and for those who are not suitable for, failed or rejected radiotherapy or surgery. Italian urologists also consider the use of HIFU for locally advanced tumors (T3 stage), based on preliminary positive results. Finally, HIFU is also used in case of local relapse of cancer after radical prostatectomy or radiotherapy as no other alternative is being offered to these patients and also as a palliative treatment for other forms of the disease.

Sergio Pontecorvi, Managing Director of EDAP Italy, commented, “I am extremely pleased with these updated recommendations as they will clearly help in positioning our minimally invasive HIFU option with urologists eager to offer the best treatment options to their patients with prostate cancer. These guidelines confirm the growing adoption of HIFU as a valid alternative to existing therapies while preserving patient quality of life. The low side effects associated with a HIFU procedure are significant benefits to highlight when a patient is considering a treatment option for his cancer.”

Marc Oczachowski, EDAP’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The AURO recommendations are fully in line with the French Association of Urology’s recent publication which further validates HIFU’s position as a new standard of care for the treatment of localized prostate cancer. The clear and concrete support from 2 major scientific and clinical communities in Europe is a major step forward in favor of our program to focus on driving deeper adoption of our HIFU technology among the urology community. Ablatherm-HIFU continues to build momentum in Europe and we also remain dedicated to our focus on increasing awareness of HIFU’s benefits to patient quality of life.”


RE: Italian Urologists Recommends HIFU as a Standard of Care for Prostate Cancer Treatment

by Blantyre on Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:00 AM

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interested in info on where in europe this is done and what the costs would thank you, ernest Sanders

RE: Italian Urologists Recommends HIFU as a Standard of Care for Prostate Cancer Treatment

by uromedic on Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:00 AM

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Ernest,

There are sites in Nassau, Bahamas and Peurto Vallarta, Mexico that US physicians can travel to and treat. If you are interested in one of those sites and the cost surrounding the treatment please let me know and I would be glad to get you more information. The machine most commonly used in Europe is the Ablotherm, it is slightly older technology in that you can't change the temperature of each sound wave pulse and really curtail the treatment to your disease. The US based physicians use the Sonoblate 500 with TCM (tissue change monitoring) technology which allows to change the amount of energy in each pulse as well as identify which areas treated need more energy to be effective. I will be glad to offer you more advice about the procedure and the technology in the machine we use here in the US. Take Care.

 

RE: Italian Urologists Recommends HIFU as a Standard of Care for Prostate Cancer Treatment

by Raelgibson on Fri May 15, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 4/24/2009 uro_medic wrote:

Ernest,

There are sites in Nassau, Bahamas and Peurto Vallarta, Mexico that US physicians can travel to and treat. If you are interested in one of those sites and the cost surrounding the treatment please let me know and I would be glad to get you more information. The machine most commonly used in Europe is the Ablotherm, it is slightly older technology in that you can't change the temperature of each sound wave pulse and really curtail the treatment to your disease. The US based physicians use the Sonoblate 500 with TCM (tissue change monitoring) technology which allows to change the amount of energy in each pulse as well as identify which areas treated need more energy to be effective. I will be glad to offer you more advice about the procedure and the technology in the machine we use here in the US. Take Care.

 


I am currently considering HIFU as well as CyberKnife as treatment options for very obvious reasons. My worry with HIFU is insurance coverage. Any thoughts or advice on that? Also, any similar thoughts or advice concerning CyberKnife?
Thanks

 

RE: Italian Urologists Recommends HIFU as a Standard of Care for Prostate Cancer Treatment

by IggyDaIrymple on Sat May 23, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 4/24/2009 uro_medic wrote:

Ernest,

There are sites in Nassau, Bahamas and Peurto Vallarta, Mexico that US physicians can travel to and treat. If you are interested in one of those sites and the cost surrounding the treatment please let me know and I would be glad to get you more information. The machine most commonly used in Europe is the Ablotherm, it is slightly older technology in that you can't change the temperature of each sound wave pulse and really curtail the treatment to your disease. The US based physicians use the Sonoblate 500 with TCM (tissue change monitoring) technology which allows to change the amount of energy in each pulse as well as identify which areas treated need more energy to be effective. I will be glad to offer you more advice about the procedure and the technology in the machine we use here in the US. Take Care.

 

My friend's husband recently underwent SonaBlate 500 treatment in Puerto Vallarta.  He was treated by Dr Scionti of Hilton Head, SC.  My friend reports that her husband recovered quickly with no side effects, no ED, and no incontinence.  The treatment cost $25,000.   The SonaBlate 500 is currently in clinical trial at several locations in the US.

The company website states that the clinical trial is in progress but is not taking any new patients.  http://www.focus-surgery.com/Trials.htm

 

RE: Italian Urologists Recommends HIFU as a Standard of Care for Prostate Cancer Treatment

by IggyDaIrymple on Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:00 AM

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My friend just told me that her husband's PSA is 0.4, 6 months after HIFU SonaBlate surgery.  No side effects.

RE: Italian Urologists Recommends HIFU as a Standard of Care for Prostate Cancer Treatment

by IggyDaIrymple on Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:00 AM

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Dr Scionti, the most experienced urologist in North America in the
use of HIFU prostate surgery, more specifically the Sonablate 500
machine, has been forced to apply his skills in foreign countries,
taking with him his complete team of a nurse, an anesthesiologist, and
a Sonablate mechanic.

Now it appears that HIFU is about to go mainstream in the US.

"Dr. Scionti has accepted a position as the Director of Prostate Cancer
Ablation Surgery at the New York University School of Medicine and
Langone Medical Center in New York."
  http://www.hifuphysician.com/new-york.html

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