Cancer charity: Results promising but still at early stages

The Prostate Cancer Charity has welcomed research published today that suggests a new treatment (focal HIFU) can dramatically reduce the side-effects of traditional treatment, which include incontinence and impotence.

However, it warns that the sample size is too small to be conclusive at present:

We need to remember that this treatment was given to fewer than 50 men, without follow up over a sustained period of time. We look forward to the results of further trials, which we hope will provide a clearer idea of whether this treatment can control cancer in the long term whilst ridding men of the fear that treating their cancer might mean losing their quality of life.

– Owen Sharp, Chief Executive, The Prostate Cancer Charity

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