Selection of patients for focal therapy

29 Jun 2015

Minh Tran, one of Prof Stricker's fellows, recently presented the results at the American meeting on how to select patients for focal therapy using a high-quality multiparametric MRI and transperineal biopsy.

It was shown that in appropriate cases one could be confident of patient selection. It was felt that approximately 20% of patients who came up with prostate cancer would be suitable for this therapy based on the criteria of having a small focal cancer of the prostate of significant grade where the rest of the prostate was clear. The results also showed that approximately 4% of patients who are appropriately selected for this treatment would have a small residual tumour in the other lobe of the prostate. It was felt as this treatment is repeatable and patients would be monitored that a small number of people would be picked up at a later stage.