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Just like many other types of ailments that you might deal with in your lifetime, prostate cancer also has many options when it comes to the treatments that you have available to you.  Prostate cancer affects many men in the United States and because of the rise of cases that are documented, the treatments are getting more attention and based on side effects, some of them can be better for you than the traditional chemotherapy.  Options like cryotherapy and Greenlight Laser therapy are newer, as well as high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment as for those men that are affected by prostate issues including cancer.  HIFU is a medical procedure that is exact and uses heat to destroy the diseased parts of the prostate gland that might be affected by a growing tumor.  HIFU is considered a hyperthermia therapy, which is a category of treatments that uses heat on the affected areas of the body.

The HIFU procedure has been approved for use in many countries throughout the world including China, United States, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico and more.  HIFU can be used to treat many types of cancer including those that affect the brain, liver, bone and prostate.  The overall process can be quite simple compared to other cancer treatments.  Basically, the HIFU uses an acoustic wave that is moved through the affected tissue inside the body.  Part of it is absorbed at that time and converted into heat.  Because the ultrasound beams can be concentrated and focused into small areas, the sounds can be sent deep inside the body to treat issues hard to get at without major surgery.  The process is very accurate to the millimeter and because tissue damage comes from the heat and how long it is applied to the area that is being worked on.

Doctors will use the term “thermal dose” to indicate how long the heat is applied to the tissue that is being worked on.  Doctors can also scan the tissue with the converted heat, covering a certain volume of tissue that can be ablated as a result.  HIFU ablation can be enhanced by a process called cavitation.  Cavitation is the forming of microbubbles that interact with the ultrasound field.  During this process, the microbubbles grow and can implode at some point sending a shock wave out damaging tissues.  If this part of the process occurs, it can be unpredictable and that is why doctors are typically watching to make sure it does not happen.  The cavitation process is being studied to see if it is way to effectively enhance the HIFU process and to possibly use it for other applications.  Because things like prostate cancer are a smaller part of the body, having the focused ultrasound does help during the process.

HIFU therapy focuses on killing the diseased tissues inside the body without hopefully affecting other tissue that is nearby.  Because the process uses heat to kill the tissue, there is the possibility that liquids can boil in the process, but the process is typically monitored closely to ensure that does not happen.  Depending on the person and case, the doctor will outline the procedure allowing you to know exactly what is happening inside your body. After examining you the doctor will be designing the treatment based on that and can actually cover a wider area with one treatment if needed by moving the robotic arm in order to make more than one focused shot.  Because the treatment treats the tissue inside the body non-invasively, HIFU has also been categorized “Non-invasive HIFU surgery”.  Because of that, anesthesia is not a requirement, but it might be recommended by your doctor.  This type of therapy can also be used in conjunction with radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

The HIFU procedure is very simple in operation, but complicated inside the body, but it is being used as an option for those that do not want to use chemotherapy as a treatment for prostate cancer.  During the procedure when being used on the prostate, the entire prostate is ablated, including the urethra.  The urethra is going to grow back because it is built from different tissue that was not killed during the process.

Being diagnosed with cancer does not have to be the end of the world for you or your family.  Many people that are diagnosed with certain types of cancer live many years after that when they follow a strict diet or treatment regimen.  The idea that cancer must only be treated with chemotherapy is getting old as many people move to try more natural methods to control the cancer inside their body.  Prostate cancer is a common type that is found in African American men that are older than 60 most often.  There are many other factors that can lead to prostate cancer, but in the end, the treatments are always going to be the same ones recommended by your doctor.  Typically, prostate cancer is treated first by hormone therapy, but that will only work until the tumor is resistant to the treatment.  After that, most doctors would recommend being treated with chemotherapy.

But what if you do not want to be treated with chemotherapy?  What are the options available to you if you want to treat your cancer in a more natural way?  Prostate cancer can be treated if found early enough and that often times is before chemotherapy is needed.  With medication or surgery, prostate cancer can be cured as long as it did not spread to other parts of the body.  Many people might not understand how diet can affect your body and the cancer that might be inside of it.  There are many resources online that can tell you that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk for prostate cancer.  According to one source, your diet can account for about one third of cancers found in prostate, large bowel and breasts.  These types of cancers can also be affected by environment and hereditary factors as well.

Most studies show that Japanese men that have a strict vegetarian diet have the lowest rates of prostate cancer in the world.  The Asian diet is very low in fat and that could be one reason for the numbers being so low.  Another factor is that the nutrients that you body gets from a diet like that have also been known to reduce the risk of cancer.  There are also herb and supplement treatments that can reportedly help your body fight the cancer, but always check with your doctor before trying anything in conjunction with another cancer treatment.  Avoiding drug and herb interactions that do not benefit your body will be the best path to take.  Another natural treatment could be including Lycopene in your diet.  Lycopene is a very powerful antioxidant and it can be found in many fruits and vegetables.  It is most commonly found in cooked tomatoes. 

Some studies show that those that eat a diet high in Lycopene from tomatoes and other fruits have lowered their risk for some cancers.  Lycopene can be found in most commonly eaten foods and has no side effects that have ever been noted.  Moving along with other diet related cancer fighting treatments, the pomegranate is another one that has been noted in studies.  Pomegranate extract has been studied and reported as reducing the cancer cell growth in mice.  This has the medical community looking into how it could help reduce cancer cell growth in humans.  The best part about foods that can fight cancer, is that they can easily  be added to any balanced diet.  Just like with Lycopene, pomegranate can be added to your normal diet and could have a good effect on cancer cells over time.

Natural remedies for prostate cancer are out there and studies are being completed with very positive results overall.  For the most part, those that practice good diet and healthy ways throughout their life will experience less of a chance for prostate cancer.  Early detection is key to removing the cancer once it has formed, but there are ways that you can lower the odds that it grows without chemotherapy.  As with many natural remedies, there can be some side effects.  Even with your diet there can be some discomfort, especially if you are introducing new foods into it.  Keep in mind that over time your body will adjust and if it does not, you can always just remove it from your diet and add something else.

Prostate cancer causes an average of 30,000 deaths each year. This makes prostate cancer one of the most common cancers among men. This being said, many of these deaths could be prevented with early detection. As with most other diseases, the sooner you discover it is there, the better your chances of beating it are.

Prostate cancer is unique in the fact that a lot of the times men who have it don’t have many obvious symptoms. Sometimes men may only experience trouble urinating during the advanced stage of the cancer. This being said, it is absolutely crucial that you get your prostate examined at the very minimum, once a year. This greatly reduces your risk of having prostate cancer that is undiagnosed.

Men over 40 years old should be participating in these annual prostate examinations. Part of this examination should include a PSA blood test.  Your PSA levels will not tell you if you have cancer or not, but they are a pretty solid indicator of you being at risk or not.

In addition to getting testing based on being in the indicated age range, if your family has a history of prostate cancer, you could be put at risk simply by your genetics.  Your diet can play a big role in how at risk you are for prostate cancer. Having a diet consisting of high fat content can put you in a higher risk category.

If you fall into any of these categories, it is suggested that you get your prostate examined on a regular basis to ensure that you are prostate cancer free.

Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or would like to schedule a prostate cancer screening. 

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As one of the few licensed High Intensity Focused Ultrasound  doctors in Florida, I have a particular exposure to the procedure that many others may not. With that said, you've probably wondered what the pros and cons are of a procedure such as HIFU, and I'm here as a HIFU doctor to tell you exactly what you can expect from this treatment.

Pros of HIFU Treatment

  • Despite its age, the HIFU procedure has been found to be very successful for the removal of prostate cancer cells at an early stage. While it may not work well once the cancerous cells have spread beyond the prostate, it is quite capable of removing those cells from small affected areas.
  • HIFU treatments are significantly less invasive than traditional prostate cancer operations. Because of this, there is less opportunity for complications or worsening of the symptoms. This is obviously one of the leading reasons why I have performed this procedure over some other surgeries.
  • It's a short procedure, only taking a few hours of your time in a day to perform. Another aspect of time that the HIFU treatment has over other procedures is that you can usually return home the same day because of the limited complications.
  • While it's not entirely clear as of yet, the HIFU treatment may have a lesser chance of doing damage to surrounding areas and nerves. Traditional treatments and even cryotherapy have been found to potentially cause harm to surrounding areas of the prostate.

Cons of HIFU Treatment

  • The first and foremost con of HIFU is its age. Since this procedure has only been around for a very short time, there isn't a lot of information about its affectivity or effects that might stem later in life. As a HIFU Doctor, I can say that there will likely be very few cons going forward, but only time will tell.
  • HIFU doctors are still hard to find. The procedure's age, coupled with the limited number of doctors means that availability is limited as of right now. In addition, the procedure cannot currently be performed in the United States, and as a result, it might be more difficult to find that availability.
  • As mentioned before, the HIFU treatment is successful in dealing with the early stages of prostate cancer. Because of this, any cancerous cells that have progressed beyond the prostate cannot be dealt with, and as a result, it's only a viable option in the early stages.

As is my experience as a HIFU doctor, the majority of potential negatives to the HIFU procedure stem from its young age. Once the treatment has had a few more years to show results, we will find out just how effective it truly is in dealing with prostate cancer. If you've got more questions or concerns about the procedure that I didn't cover in this article, you're welcome to call my offices and discuss the procedure more in depth. Don't allow prostate cancer to take hold, because over time it becomes more difficult to deal with prostate cancer than it does at the beginning.

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As advancements in science and health continue forward, newer and better methods of treatment will eventually arise. In the case of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, there's not a better therapy for prostate cancer right now. If you're not familiar with how the therapy works, there are some interesting facts that I, as a HIFU doctor, want you to know so that you're better educated.

What is HIFU?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound functions in such a way that there's very little pain involved during the process. Using high frequency sound waves, the process sends signals to body tissues that are then heated up and eventually killed. By inserting an ultrasound probe into the rectum, this puts the source very near the prostate and therefore it can effectively combat cancerous cells.

When should HIFU be used?

Though it's still a relatively new procedure, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound is showing strong results from trials and existing treatments. HIFU doctors like myself have used it for cancer that has been recently diagnosed, and even for instances where cancer has come back into the prostate after an earlier treatment.  Because of the ease of the procedure, and the success that it has seen of late, HIFU is growing more in popularity as a prostate cancer treatment. While findings of advanced stage prostate cancer treatments aren't as conclusive, there is enough evidence to show that HIFU is a good combatant against prostate cancer.

Are there side-effects?

Again, the age of the therapy skews the information slightly, but the current side-effects of the HIFU procedure are very mild in comparison to their affectivity. Some studies have shown that some patients have experienced infections in the prostate area after the therapy. There have also been reported incidents of incontinence and leakage in some patients. These have not been found to be incredibly common occurrences, but I want you to know the possible hazards before you see a HIFU doctor.

If you've recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, or have dealt with it in the past, do not hesitate to call me at a moment's notice.  I do not want you to suffer through prostate cancer any more than you have to, and the HIFU procedure might just be the thing for you. If you have any questions or concerns about the procedure, please feel free to call me for any help.

The ability to get and maintain an erection is often times associated with the feeling of being a man, and when this is taken away from you, it is not uncommon for men to feel inadequate. Erectile dysfunction is more common than you may think among aging males. This being said, there are many things that you can do to prevent the condition before it happens to you.

A Proper Diet

This, among regular exercise, is one of the few things that can prevent hundreds of different illnesses. A diet that is not good for a man’s heart, those high in salts and fats, are also not good for a man’s ability to achieve an erection. Since an erection comes from an increase in blood flow, if you restrict this blood flow by filling your arteries with fat, you will not only put yourself at risk for heart disease, but also for ED. Erectile dysfunction is much less common among men who eat a traditional Mediterranean diet, which consists only of natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Maintaining Your Ideal Weight

This goes right along with having a proper diet. If you are able to maintain your ideal weight through proper diet and exercise, you will greatly reduce your risk of developing ED, as well as many other health ailments at the same time.

Watch Your Alcohol Consumption

While there is no solid evidence that supports that alcohol consumption is directly related to an increased risk of ED, there are mountains of evidence that links excessive alcohol consumption with liver damage, nerve damage, as well as other health conditions that can interfere with male hormone levels, causing ED.

There are many other tactics you can incorporate into your life that can help to reduce your risk of getting ED as you age. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will go a long way in preventing most health issues, including erectile dysfunction. 

We have additional reading material if you're interested in finding out more about Erectile Dysfunction.

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No matter who you are, or your current health, a urinary tract infection can show up at nearly any time. While there are many over the counter and prescription medicines you can take, rest easy knowing that a UTI can also be battled by adjusting your diet.

If you think you may have a UTI, consult your doctor first to be sure that is indeed what you have. While it is likely that you will choose an over the counter UTI treatment, you should also incorporate certain foods into your diet to help push along the process.

Foods such as cranberry juice, yogurt, onions, and garlic should all be consumed when you are trying to fight a UTI. Additionally, you need to be sure that you are taking in a good amount of water every day. This additional water intake will help flush out the bacteria that are causing your infection. It is recommended that for every pound you weigh, you drink 1/2 ounce of water. For example, if you weigh 200 lbs, shoot to consume 100 ounces of water in a day to flush out the bacteria from your UTI.

Additionally, if you are not already taking a vitamin supplement, you should at the very least start taking vitamin C every other day. Vitamin C helps to keep your bladder as well as your urethra healthy.

A UTI can be a precursor to more serious conditions. If you have questions please do not hesitate to take to a professional.

According to a study published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control, consuming 4 or more cups of coffee per day can aid in reducing your risk of prostate cancer recurrence and progression. It was shown that men who drink 4 or more cups of coffee per day had a 59% smaller risk of prostate cancer than men who drank 1 cup a week or fewer.

Although these findings have conclusively found a link between prostate cancer regression and coffee consumption, I urge you not to start drinking a large amount of coffee. Men with hypertension are at an increased risk from adverse side effects of an increased caffeine consumption. Additionally, the increased coffee intake could cause an increase in cholesterol levels, posing possible threats to your health.

There have been a number of researches done claiming health benefits, and also health risks of caffeine consumption. If you have any questions about caffeine and your health, please be sure to contact your doctor first. Sometimes the risks are not worth the possible benefits.