Good Samaritan Medical Center is the first hospital in Palm Beach County to perform the High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) procedure for prostate cancer patients. HIFU directs high-frequency sound waves that heat up and burn off cancerous tissue, with a low risk of triggering certain common side effects.
"This procedure is designed to bring a safe and effective minimally invasive option to patients, who in the past, had to deal with certain side effects," said Tara McCoy, CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center. "The oncology program at Good Sam is a signature service of our hospital that continues to implement cutting edge technology to enhance the lives of our patients.”
In 2015, the FDA cleared HIFU for prostate tissue ablation. Urologists are now using it to ablate parts of the prostate on patients with localized prostate cancer, which is cancer that has spread in but not beyond the capsule of the prostate gland and has not reached other parts of the body.