Innovative, minimally invasive treatment can help maintain prostate cancer patients' quality of life

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Innovative, minimally invasive treatment can help maintain prostate cancer patients' quality of life

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | September 08, 2020 Ultrasound

Urologists worldwide have used HIFU ablation to treat prostate cancer patients for many years; however, the technology was only approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for prostate tissue ablation in 2015. Keck Medicine was among the first U.S. institutions to use this technology following the FDA approval.

"USC Urology is dedicated to refining cancer care through collaboration and innovation," says Inderbir S. Gill, MD, founding and executive director of USC Urology and senior author of the study.

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"Throughout screening, diagnosis and treatment, it is important to balance accuracy and efficacy. Our physicians will continue working toward better methods to personalize that balance for every prostate cancer patient," continues Gill, who is also Distinguished Professor and chair of the Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology, Shirley and Donald Skinner Chair in Urologic Cancer Surgery and associate dean for clinical innovation at the Keck School.

In 2010, USC Urology launched a focal therapy and image-guided surgery program to develop more accurate methods to diagnose and treat prostate cancer. Since the program's inception, USC Urology has increased its annual image-guided prostate biopsies six-fold, with the vast majority of these procedures using a combination of MRI and ultrasound imaging. Additionally, USC Urology physicians are skilled in the most innovative therapies, including focal HIFU, cryoablation and robotic prostatectomy.

USC Urology physicians also collaborate with Keck Medicine radiologists and pathologists to create tailored, multidisciplinary treatment plans for each prostate cancer patient.

This year, U.S. News and World Report ranked Keck Medicine No. 9 in the country for Urology.

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