Focal therapy is a general term for a variety of noninvasive techniques for destroying small tumors inside the prostate while leaving the remaining gland intact and sparing most of its normal tissue. In appropriate situations, focal therapy can offer several advantages for men with early prostate cancer:
It can effectively destroy specific areas of cancer within the prostate while preserving normal prostate tissue and function.
Side effects, including changes in urinary and sexual function, may occur less often and may be less severe than those associated with more aggressive treatments.
We often perform focal therapy on an outpatient basis.
Dr Elmes follows a rigorous set of standards for recommending people to receive focal therapy. This includes performing a thorough evaluation to confirm that the tumor is small and localized and that a more extensive treatment isn’t required.