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I am at University College Hospital in London learning about a promising new treatment for prostate cancer. See my full report on the ITV Lunchtime News at 1:30pm.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
- In the UK, more than 37,000 men are diagnosed each year
- The condition leads to approximately 10,000 deaths
- Standard therapy currently involves treating the whole prostate
- Commonly, radiotherapy is used or surgery - which removes it completely
A new prostate cancer treatment could provide more effective and targeted results:
- A light beam of ultrasound heats up cancer cells in an area as big as a grain of rice to 80 degrees
- The intensity of heat totally destroys the cancer cells
- It cuts down on damage to healthy tissues and reduces side-effects
- Treatment is known as HIFU (high-intensity focused ultrasound)