Hospital using advanced treatment against prostate cancer

Montrose Memorial Hospital is currently the only hospital in Colorado offering a new, advanced treatment option for select patients with prostate cancer.  HIFU, or high-intensity focused ultrasound uses sound waves, instead of surgery or radiation, to image and destroy prostate cancers.  It works in the same way as rays of sunlight that pass through a magnifying glass and are concentrated at a single point, causing a significant temperature rise around the focal point.

            “Most men are looking for less invasive prostate cancer treatments options that will preserve their quality of life,” said Urologist Dr. Craig Peterson.  “HIFU is one of the most revolutionary treatments available today.”

There are several benefits of using HIFU.  This is a non-invasive procedure, which means that no incision is made, therefore leaving no scar.  Since only the diseased cells are targeted, there is less impact to the essential nerves, blood vessels, and muscles surrounding the prostate which are critical for sexual function and urinary continence.  In addition, the treatment times are shorter and patients report fewer side effects than with standard surgical or radiation therapies. An individual HIFU session typically lasts 2-3 hours and does not require an overnight stay at the hospital.  Most patients only need one session with the goal being to reduce the need for more aggressive treatments, such as surgery or radiation.

Please contact Drs. Luskin and Peterson at San Juan Urology, 970.249.2291 for more information on HIFU treatments at Montrose Memorial Hospital.

About the author

Leann Tobin

Leann Tobin

Leann Tobin is the Director of Community Engagement at Montrose Memorial Hospital. She has been at MMH since 1999 and participates in the strategic planning and leadership for the organization. Leann grew up in Lakewood Colorado and received her B.S. from Colorado State University. She and her husband, Pat, met while traveling in the international program Up with People. They have two sons, Bryce and Dylan.