Oncology is the theme for this month’s research review. Recently published focused ultrasound papers include clinical evaluation of HIFU for treating pancreatic cancer, results from a Phase I breast cancer trial, and a 5-year review of outcomes after whole-gland prostate treatment.

researchroundupA group in Germany sought to clinically evaluate using focused ultrasound to treat pancreatic cancer. The 13 patients who were treated experienced progressive reduction in the size of the tumor and a decrease in cancer-related pain. See High-intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for Pancreatic Carcinoma: Evaluation of Feasibility, Reduction of Tumour Volume and Pain Intensity in European Radiology.

Researchers in Utrecht, the Netherlands have published the results from their Phase I clinical trial using focused ultrasound for the treatment of breast cancer. See First clinical experience with a dedicated MRI-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound system for breast cancer ablation in European Radiology. This research was highlighted in Aunt Minnie Europe in their story HIFU: A Good Alternative to Lumpectomy, published on MedicalPhysicsWeb.com.

Collaborators from University College London and several other UK institutions have published a comprehensive, 5-year review of 500 patients who received focused ultrasound treatment for whole-gland prostate cancer. See Medium-term Outcomes after Whole-gland High-intensity Focused Ultrasound for the Treatment of Nonmetastatic Prostate Cancer from a Multicentre Registry Cohort in European Urology.

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