Tumors in the prostate are expected to completely slow down or stop the functions of the organ. In such cases it was expected to have a surgery where the whole prostate is removed. As crucial and negative this surgery was, it was inevitable with no other alternatives. It is a very successful surgery, yet it has a lot of negative side effects on other factors of the body.
However, this inspired a team of researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, to develop an alternative approach for the tumors. The study led by Dr. Eric Walser which is a prostate cancer treatment pioneer developed a use of laser to remove the tumor from the prostate rather than a complete removal.
This approach was published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. It has showed effectiveness in removing cancerous damages tissue in the prostate and keeping other parts of the prostate well-functioning. This method will lower the need for unhealthy radiation and is also helpful to maintain a few of the functions of the sexual and urinary organs.
This is a breakthrough due to the expansion of prostate cancer and its severity. According to The American Cancer Society, it is predicted to reach a total of 174,650 new cases and 31,620 deaths from prostate cancer in 2019. Dr. Eric commented on their findings saying, “ FLA offers men more peace of mind than active surveillance or ‘watchful waiting’, the traditional alternative to radical treatment. “