WVXU: High-intensity focused ultrasound a new treatment option for men with prostate cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer in American men after skin cancer. Prostate cancer is more likely to develop in older men and non-Hispanic Black men.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and the University of Cincinnati's Abhinav Sidana joined WVXU's Cincinnati Edition program and podcast to discuss a new treatment being offered at UC.

Sidana said that high-intensity focused ultrasound uses sound waves transmitted through an ultrasound transducer to target and kill cancer cells in the prostate.

"By localizing the cancer and destroying just a single spot, we minimize the complications," said Sidana, associate professor and director of urologic oncology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Division of Urology and a UC Health urologist. "So men don't lose erections, men don’t become incontinent, there are no cuts on the body. It’s an outpatient, two-hour long procedure and they go home without anything because they’re not in pain."

Listen to the Cincinnati Edition segment.

Featured photo of Dr. Sidana. Photo/Colleen Kelley/UC Marketing + Brand.

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