Focal Therapy


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About Focal Therapy

Focal therapy is a non-invasive treatment for localized prostate cancer. It uses high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technology to produce intense heat to destroy cancer tissues.

The treatment is performed by a urologist under anesthesia with the treatment lasting between 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the volume of cancer cells treated.

What is localized prostate cancer?

Localized prostate cancer refers to tumours in stages T1 or T2 that are confined within the prostate.

Stage T1

Only a few cells have turned cancerous. They can only be detected via a blood test or biopsy.

Stage T2

The tumour is now a little bigger, making the prostate gland harder. This can be detected via a digital rectal examination (DRE).

About the Treatment

Before the Treatment
With this being a day surgery, you will be required to be admitted on the day of treatment.

During the Treatment
You will lie down on the cushioned table where general anesthesia will be administered. A urinary catheter will be inserted through the penis into the urethra to drain your urine.

A treatment probe will be inserted inside your rectum. Ultrasounds are propagated through the rectal wall and focused on the cancer area. The ultrasound concentration produces an intense heat and causes destruction of tissue within the targeted area.

The treatment usually lasts between 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the prostatic volume treated.

After the treatment
You will rest until you are well enough to leave hospital. You can return to eating normal food on the same day. The urinary catheter is generally removed three to five days later.

Medication may be prescribed to prevent any infection of the urethra or bladder. You may experience discomfort after the procedure including mild bleeding at the start of urination, frequent or urgent urination as well as urine leakage during physical exertion or coughing. These side effects should disappear in the weeks following the treatment.

Should you feel unwell, contact your doctor immediately or call our 24 HR Emergency Clinic at (65) 6705 2999.

​Possible Postprocedural Reactions​
You may experience the following after the procedure:

  • Mild to moderate urinary incontinence or the inability to control the discharge of urine
  • Urethral stenosis, or the narrowing of the wall of the canal which discharges urine from the bladder
  • Temporary urinary retention or an inability to pass urine
  • Less sexual problem or erectile dysfunction for patients who were sexually active prior to treatment

Benefits of this procedure 

  • Destroys cancer tissue with minimal side effects to the surrounding areas
  • No radiation
  • No surgical scars
  • Single session treatment
  • Treats cancer which has returned after previous radiotherapy
  • U.S. FDA approved and Singapore HSA approved​
    (for prostate tissue)

For more information on focal therapy, consult a urologist or call (65) 6363 1818.

Alternatively, you could also send in an enquiry here.

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