Prostate cancer had been affected more than 200 thousand of patients now. It is found to be the most common type of prostate cancer for men. A new treatment comes up as the ray of hope for the patients who want to get rid of this situation. Bate Blair, 76 wants to run marathons. “It’s the challenge of doing it. Every time I line up at the starting line, I say ‘oh shoot, this seemed like a good idea when I signed up 9 months ago.’ But when you finish, a hot dog we finished, we’re done,” he said.
He was aimed for his goal of life and walks on the way of right treatment to accomplish his goal as well. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had managed to maintain the same diagnosis in such a way that he can take a part in the race. “I said what the heck is ‘HIFU’ and he said high intensity focused ultrasound,” said Blair when he asked his doctor what it was. “I said,’well, it’s only my favourite life. let’s go with the HIFU’.”
Blair’s doctor Dipen Parekh from the University of Miami School of Medicine says that the treatment is new and effective. The FDA had given approval to this in 2015 using which Dr Parekh had performed the 50 of the treatments. “High intensity focused ultrasound, it’s not a surgery, it’s a procedure which basically transmits waves and destroys that area of the prostate with cancer but saves the remainder of the prostate. Therefore it saves the potential collateral damage that can happen by treating the prostate with surgery or radiation,” he said.
“Surgery would have put him behind at least for eight to 12 weeks to do these things. He was first and foremost an ideal candidate. He was a perfect candidate for that and the result is there for you to see,” said Dr Parekh.
“I’m very fortunate for modern medicine, lucky I was a candidate for it. It worked out very very well for me. I gotta thank him for saving my life, it beats the alternative,” he said.