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Testing is currently underway in Britain for a new noninvasive treatment for prostate cancer. The treatment involves using powerful sound waves or high intensity focused ultrasound. The technique had fewer side effects and the risk of incontinence and impotence is much lower. A previous Japanese study showed nearly a 70% cure rate for early and medium stage prostate cancer and only 22% had resulting sexual problems. Traditional treatment is more invasive, has similar survival rates but causes impotency in over 66%. The treatment is also cost effective, especially since the procedure could by performed by a trained nurse.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Age
About: Ultrasound treatment may cure prostate cancer
Date: 7 November 2004
Source: The Age
Author: David Derbyshire
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