Ultrasounds. You thought they were just for checking on babies, but as it turns out, they're pretty great at getting rid of prostate cancer tumors!
We're talking 9 out of 10, and basically an out-patient procedure! Wow!
It's being called the "male lumpectomy." Like less-invasive forms of breast cancer surgery, it actually removes tumors without removing the entire organ!
They tried this on 41 men in the early stages (not past Stage II) and after a year, none of the men in the trial had urinary incontinence and almost nine out of 10 men were still able to get erections.
And guess what? The researchers also found that 95% of the men who underwent biopsies were cancer-free after a year!
Only four had needed retreatment with the focal therapy!
Here's what the chief executive of the U.K.'s Prostate Cancer Charity had to say:
"We welcome the development of any prostate cancer treatment which limits the possibility of damaging side effects such as incontinence and impotence. These early results certainly indicate that focal high-frequency ultrasound has the potential to achieve this in the future. However, 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."
We're ALL FOR further tests! This is really incredible, so many men could be helped.
And we're sure Warren Buffet can afford to be in the trials if he wanted, too!
[Image via AP Images.]
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