Since HIFU was approved for prostate tissue ablation and our company was founded, our network of physicians in the US have treated 1,000 patients. It only seems appropriate that this important milestone was achieved during Prostate Cancer Awareness month.
We have grown rapidly to now offer HIFU with 40 physician users that represent over 400 physician partners through their practices and LUGPA groups. The company has achieved a major milestone as partner physicians of the company treated 1,000 patients with HIFU for prostate cancer. HIFU Prostate Services offers HIFU in over 30 hospitals and surgery centers throughout the US and will add several new facilities in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah later this month.
“This is a truly momentous occasion. Especially coming only six weeks after the landmark study showing Focal HIFU to be equivalent to radical prostatectomy in cancer control. This unique therapy is saving more and more men from the life changing complications of incontinence and erectile dysfunction,” said Michael Lazar, MD, Medical Director, HIFU Prostate Services.
HIFU, cleared by the FDA for prostate tissue ablation in October 2015, is a non-invasive treatment that uses sound waves to heat and destroy tissue in the prostate, including cancerous tissue. It is a one-time, outpatient procedure that allows men to return to their normal lifestyle within a few days.
“Reaching our 1,000th patient this month is a testament to our physician partners, our employees that bring over 70 years of HIFU experience to the company, and the growing demand for a non-invasive prostate cancer treatment that is shown to be as effective as surgery with far fewer complications,” said John Linn, Chief Executive Officer, HIFU Prostate Services. “Men finally have an effective, outpatient treatment that allows them to return to normal activities within a couple days compared to radical interventions that have high rates of sexual dysfunction, incontinence and a much longer recovery.”