September 23, 2019

Superior patient-centered care crucial for complex outpatient procedures

About 2 years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. As I researched the treatment alternatives, I became very concerned about the complications associated with traditional surgical prostatectomy or radiation. Then I learned that I might be eligible for an outpatient procedure: high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). Although HIFU is relatively new in the US, it has been performed in Europe for decades. Studies show that, for the right patients, HIFU controls cancer as well as other interventions but with a much lower risk of complications.

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