High-intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU is a scalpel-free treatment that involves energy beams that blast tumour cells with pinpoint accuracy. Afterwards, few patients suffer the incontinence or sexual problems that often go hand-in-hand with a more major operation. Mr Dudderidge says: ‘Surgery often leaves men with long-term erectile dysfunction, and four in ten will still need an incontinence pad after a year. This can be devastating, especially for younger men who may have active sex lives. HIFU was approved by health chiefs more than a decade ago, yet just five out of 135 NHS trusts are regularly offering it, and ‘many doctors simply are not telling men it exists’.
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