This morning I received a reply from the University Hospital in China and the professor said my case is suitable for HIFU treatment and the costs is estimated at US$10K. I have not decided yet and will have to discuss with my family members. This treatment, even if successful does not mean I am free of tumors. This treatment will allow the debulking of the main tumor from my body without significantly weakening the body. This treatment may also be able to salvage my right kidney. At the same time, it will stop the daily bleeding and loss of blood. Hopefully, with only the tumors left in the lungs after the treatment, I am able to give myself a better chance.
HIFU is highly precise medical procedure using high-intensity focused ultrasound to heat and destroy pathogenic tissue rapidly. Clinical HIFU procedures are typically image-guided to permit treatment planning and targeting before applying a therapeutic or ablative level of ultrasound energy. When MRI is used for guidance, the technique is sometimes called Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused Ultrasound, often shortened to MRgFU.
Doctors hope to use HIFU to kill cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. Chinese researchers were the first to lead the way using this treatment. They have done trials treating nearly 5,000 people with many different types of cancers. Researchers in Europe are now doing trials to find out if HIFU could be used for people unable to have surgery to remove their cancer. But they are not sure how well this will work as yet.
When can HIFU be used?
What types of cancer HIFU might be able to treat?
Early stage prostate cancer
Primary and secondary liver cancer
HIFU is not a suitable treatment for:
Cancers in the pelvic area
Cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes
Head and neck cancers
Mid to late stage prostate cancer