NC HiFu Prostate Cancer Treatment
Posted October 18, 2016
NC HIFU is a facility specializing in High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), a process used to treat prostate cancer with little to no side effects or inpatient stays. Located in Cary and Raleigh, and headed by Dr. Frank Tortora, NC HIFU offers patient-centered care through a concierge service approach to serve the prostate cancer community, while also preserving the quality of life for patients.
Minimally invasive healthcare procedures that forego the expensive cost of overnight hospital stays, as well as the inherent side effects, risks, and pain of traditional surgeries, are becoming the focus of the healthcare field. NC HIFU utilizes Sonablat ultrasound technology, which uses ultrasound waves of energy to target and treat diseased tissue within the body without incisions or radiation. Ultrasound technology has been used for 70 years to treat other diseases and conditions such as Parkinson’s tremors, thyroid and breast cancers, as well as uterine fibroids and bone metastasis. In October of 2015, the FDA cleared the focused ultrasound technology to ablate diseased prostate tissue.
CBC Digital Elements Dr. Frank Tortora, head of NC HIFU, graduated Cum Laude from Yale and medical school at Emory University. He completed his internship and residency at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. He is affiliated with UNC School of Medicine as a Clinical Associate Professor in the departments of Surgery and Family Practice. A Diplomat of Urology, Dr. Tortora is sought after nationally by developers of new urological techniques and treatments. He specializes in robotic surgery as well as HIFU.