New prostate cancer treatment 'provides few side-effects'

20 April 2012

An innovative form of prostate cancer treatment has been successful in allowing men to totally overcome the disease in early tests.

The trial was funded by Britain's Medical Research Council and involved patients being treated with a method involving high frequency sound waves.

A year after the procedure was conducted, none of the men trialled suffered from incontinence of urine and only one in ten had poor erections – despite both being common side effects of traditional prostate cancer treatment.

On top of this, the trial – which has been deemed high-intensity focused ultrasound – resulted in 95 per cent of the men studied being cancer-free within 12 months.

Study leader Dr Hashim Ahmed noted: "We're optimistic that men diagnosed with prostate cancer may soon be able to undergo a day case surgical procedure, which can be safely repeated once or twice, to treat their condition with very few side effects."

Earlier this week, research co-led by Cambridge University professor Carlos Caldas has produced the theory that breast cancer can be separated out into ten subtypes.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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