What is the prostate?
The prostate is a reproductive gland in men. It is located in front of the rectum or lower part of the intestine. It is about the size of a walnut and produces fluid that makes up semen. Prostate cancer is very common in men in the United States. One in five men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. When cancer is found in the prostate, one treatment option is high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).
What is high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)?
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a medical procedure that uses ultrasound waves to treat prostate cancer. In the procedure, energy locally heats and destroys diseased tissue through ablation, which results in tissue destruction/scarring.