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Treatment Comparison

Compare Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

Making a decision about which prostate cancer treatment option to move forward with can be extremely confusing. There are a lot of treatment options available and it is sometimes hard to understand what the pros and cons of each are. The good news is, if you are focused on your biochemical disease free rate of return of cancer, or the chance you will not have cancer after your procedure is complete, most therapy options are pretty equal:

  • HIFU (Focal Gland): 83%1
  • HIFU (Full Gland): 83%2
  • Radical Prostatectomy (Robotic): 80%3
  • IMRT: 81%4

Most men however, are as equally worried about their level of quality of life after their prostate cancer procedure. They ask, “Will I regain the same erection and urinary function I had before my procedure?” This is where the choice made on which prostate cancer treatment option to move forward with matters the most, because there is such a wide range between them. Impotency ratings, or lack of erection sufficient for penetration, can range from the following:

  • HIFU (Focal Gland): 11%1
  • HIFU (Full Gland): 24%2
  • Radical Prostatectomy: 87%5
  • Radiation Therapy: 93.9%5

Incontinency ratings, or urinary leakage, amongst the different treatment options can range from:

  • HIFU (Focal Gland): 0%1
  • HIFU (Full Gland): 0.6%6
  • Radical Prostatectomy: 18.3%5
  • Radiation Therapy: 9.4%5

All prostate cancer treatment options and potential outcomes and complications should be discussed with a qualified healthcare professional.

For a more in depth conversation about all of your options for prostate cancer treatment, call one of our nurses today at 877-653-1829.


  1. Ahmed, HU. (2012). The Lancet Oncology. Focal Therapy for Localized Unifocal and Multifocal Prostate Cancer: A Prospective Development Study, 2045(12), 70121-3.
  2. Uchida, T. (2012). 11th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound. AIP Conf. Proc. Twelve Years’ Experience with High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Using Sonablate Devices for the Treatment of Localized Prostate Cancer. 1481, 401-406.
  3. Novara, G. (2012). European Urology. Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Studies Reporting Oncologic Outcome After Robot-assisted radical Prostatectomy. 62, 382-404.
  4. Alicikus, Z. (2011). Cancer. Ten-Year Outcomes of High-Dose Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy for Localized Prostate Cancer. 1429-1437.
  5. Resnick, M. (2013). The New England Journal of Medicine. Long-Term Functional Outcomes after Treatment for Localized Prostate Cancer. 368, 436-45.
  6. Ahmed, HU. (2009). BJC. High-intensity-focused ultrasound in the treatment of primary prostate cancer: the first UK series, 101, 19-26.


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The Sonablate system incorporates customized treatment and safety technologies in an effort to strike a balance that has been difficult to achieve in prostate cancer treatment—increasing disease control capabilities while decreasing quality-of-life side effect risks.

A Sonablate HIFU physician can completely customize a patient's treatment plan based on real-time tissue response, tissue density and location of vital structures. Competitive devices are limited to three pre-set power levels: primary, repeat HIFU and salvage (post radiation treatment), no patient receives a customized treatment based on their personal anatomy.

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