[MUSIC PLAYING] I'm here to do Focal treatment for prostate cancer.
Every year, there's approximately 200,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer. It's the second most common cancer amongst men in the United States.
And I did a lot of research and studies. Because one thing I did not want to do is remove the prostate.
I feel so blessed that the treatment is right here in Chicago. And it's being done here by a doctor he feels very, very comfortable with.
One of the issues we face is what men might be the best candidates for focal therapy. And the way we've done it in the trials is if a man, based on his PSA, his prostate exam, multiple biopsies, and an MRI-- if all that evidence suggests there's a cancer limited to one or two areas of the prostate, and we confirm that on the biopsy, and the location of the cancer on the biopsy matches what we see on the MRI, we might consider that man for focal therapy.
We identify the target that we want to hit. We put our needles through the holes.
What we're studying here with focal therapy-- it's an investigational technique to try to treat just the cancer itself and not the entire prostate. And it's very similar in concept to a lumpectomy for breast cancer.
We know exactly where his cancer is in the prostate. We are going to use that information to target our needle. And then through that needle, we are going to put our laser fiber into the area of cancer. And then once we confirm that the laser fiber is in the region of the cancer, then we are going to turn to laser machine on, which will allow us to increase the temperature in that location.
And we know that if the temperature goes focally about 60 degrees centigrade, then the cells in that area irreversibly get necrosed, die off.
In the site or the location of the previous lesion, you see this big non-enhancing hole. So that's the dead prostate tissue covering the entire area where the cancer was.
Working together with our colleagues in neurology at the University of Chicago, we completed a phase 1 study and published its results last year. And the results were promising.
Another important advantage of this procedure is that you don't close the door for any other procedure for the future. So if there is a need, we can do it-- a repeat laser ablation, the patients can undergo prostatectomy, radiation therapy, or any other therapy that they would like.
This is an outpatient procedure. I'll be home at 3 o'clock this afternoon.