Topic: Anyone had HIFU for bone met pain?
Registered: Mon, 20 Aug 2012
High intensity focused ultrasound is "HIFU"
My sister will have this relatively novel treatment for a bone met (rib). It's used when radiation is not an ideal option. Anyone heard of or had this tx?
Here's a little more info:
HIFU has been successfully applied in treatment of cancer to destroy solid tumors of the bone, brain, breast, liver, pancreas, rectum, kidney, testes, prostate. At this stage, cancer treatments are still in the investigatory phases as there is a need to find more about their effectiveness.
HIFU has been found to offer palliative care. CE approval has been given for palliative treatment of bone metastasis. Experimentally, a palliative effect was found in cases of advanced pancreatic cancer.