Movember birthday for novel prostate cancer treatment

By Tracey Arial

It’s been one year since a private Montreal medical clinic began offering a novel way to treat prostate cancer. This year, they are promoting the new treatment in honour of prostate cancer awareness month.

Last Movember, Les Cours Medical Centre began working with Dr. Vahan Kassabian, a specialist in treating cancers of the urinary tract including prostate, kidney, bladder, and testicular cancers. At his urging, the clinic purchased a new High Intensity Focus Ultrasound (HIFU) machine.

“High Intensity Focus Ultrasound is truly a minimally invasive technique that destroys tissue by creating heat through a probe emitting sound waves localized to pin point accuracy,” said Kassabian.

“Patients go home the same day and return to normal activities very quickly. The technique is able to preserve urinary function and more importantly, sexual function.”
“We are able to preserve both of these in over 90 per cent of men when compared to either radical prostatectomy or radiation therapy, which are the traditional methods used to treat localized prostate cancer.”

The clinic, which is next to the Peel Metro, is the only location in Quebec with a HIFU machine.

In the past year, Kassabian has treated 100 patients with prostate cancer using the technique. Most were able to go home the same day they had surgery.

Clinic staff say that their patients are able to get their regular lives back within a month of being treated using the technology, something that isn’t possible for a quarter of the patients who are treated using other systems.
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