HiFu Prostate Cancer Treatment: What You Need To Know

AUNC is committed to bringing our patients the most technologically advanced medical treatment options, so we are proud to offer HIFU to patients with stage one or stage two prostate cancer. HIFU, a non-invasive treatment approved by the FDA in October, 2015, presents a gentler treatment option with fewer side effects, such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence than treatments like radiation.

Since the FDA did not approve the procedure until recently, American men have needed to travel abroad in order to receive this treatment. Now, men in the Raleigh-Durham region can have access to and receive this alternative treatment option.

How It Works

The HIFU procedure removes cancerous cells without making a single incision or utilizing a scalpel by using Sonablate ultrasound technology to remove cancerous cells. The welcome result is an outpatient procedure usually doesn’t even require pain medication. HIFU’s non-invasive technique also does away with concerns about dealing with erectile disfunction and urination problems that often come with invasive prostate surgery.

HIFU is performed by customizing a transducer to match the patient’s body, which then focuses sound waves in only the specific, small area of cancerous tissue. This allows healthcare professionals to treat prostate cancer with next to no damage to healthy cells.


HIFU is ideal for men with slow-growing lesions on their prostate gland that are being watched. The treatment can help men with prostate cancer who are seeking alternative treatment and would like to benefit from a less invasive treatment with a shorter recovery time.

Note: prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men, and it is the second leading cancer-related cause of death in men. If you are a stage one or stage two patient, HIFU is an option for you.

If you would like to know more about AUNC’s relationship with the HIFU procedure, please visit our partner site at HIFU Prostate Services (HPS). There, you will find more background information about the procedure, patient testimonials, and a contact portal (located at the bottom of the home page) that will help you set up an appointment. (844) 371-HIFU (4438).

HiFu Cancer Treatment now available in North Carolina

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU, is an exciting new treatment for prostate cancer that is all the buzz in the medical community. Although, to say it’s new is not quite accurate since it’s been used successfully internationally for years. But HIFU is new in the United States and here in North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Just last October, the FDA approved the procedure after seeing the evidence of over 50,000 men who successfully treated early-stage prostate cancer.

HIFU is non-invasive, has virtually zero recovery time, and because it targets only the unhealthy cells, it rarely has side-effects like erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence that other prostate cancer treatments see. So, with all the exciting news and the safe, effective track-record, you may be wondering, where can I find a urologist certified to use HIFU?

As you may be aware, North Carolina is one of the top places in the world for medical and technological research. Because of that, it’s no coincidence that our state is the homebase of the HIFU procedure, made by SonaCare Medical. SonaCare is based in Charlotte, and in fact, there are more HIFU-trained urologists in North Carolina than any state other than Florida. We have more than New York and New Jersey combined.

As a procedure that is relatively new though, you may be wondering if these doctors have the experience yet to perform the procedure safely. Thankfully, because HIFU uses high intensity ultrasound waves to carefully target only cancerous cells, it is actually a much safer procedure than surgery or radiation. In addition, here in the Raleigh Durham area, we are lucky to have Dr. Frank Tortora, who has been performing this procedure for years.

Dr. Tortora, based in Cary, North Carolina, would fly with patients to Mexico or the Bahamas to do the procedure before the FDA finally decided to approve it. Not only has Dr. Tortora practiced this procedure for 10 years and with over 100 HIFU cases, but he’s been practicing urology in general for 30 years. Those living in the Triangle area of North Carolina are fortunate to have a man of his experience working in their region.

North Carolina has really shown itself to be a key part of the global progress in medical advancement of recent years. One of these advancements our state should be proud of is the use of high intensity focused ultrasound on prostate cancer cells. HIFU is an important step forward in the fight against prostate cancer, which is the most diagnosed cancer in men. Men in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Wake Forest, Clayton, Dunn, Clinton and the surrounding areas should contact Associated Urologists of North Carolina to see if a HIFU procedure with Dr. Frank Tortora would be right for them. We can be reached at (844) 371-HIFU (4438).

NC HiFu – State of the Art New Cancer Treatment

There is good news for those who’ve received a prostate cancer diagnosis in the Raleigh Durham area. A new treatment has been approved in the last few months by the FDA that has people very hopeful for the future of treating this disease – the most diagnosed cancer in the United States. The treatment is non-invasive, low risk, and has virtually no recovery time or side effects. Sounds great, right?

Well, speaking of sounds, that is exactly how the process works. SonaCare Medical, based right here in North Carolina, developed a method for directing high intensity ultrasound waves directly at a particular area. This allows them to target specific points where cancerous cells are while sparing any nearby areas with healthy cells. They call this method High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU.

HIFU has been used outside of the United States for years, and has successfully treated over 50,000 men with prostate cancer. The FDA has been taking a slow approach to approving this procedure out of its usual caution, but after years of digging into the benefits, they approved HIFU in October of 2015.

Dr. Frank Tortora of Associated Urologists of North Carolina, who operates here in the Triangle area, has over a decade of experience doing HIFU treatments for prostate cancer. He gained his experience by traveling outside the country with his patients to give HIFU treatments in Cancun, Mexico and the Bahamas.

Dr. Tortora’s office is located at Associated Urologists of North Carolina in Cary, but patients from Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Roxboro, Fayetteville, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Wilson, Goldsboro, and east of I-40 from Greenville to Wilmington travel to get this cutting-edge new treatment from one of the best in the world.

HIFU is a game-changer in the world of prostate cancer. No longer do men have to deal with a high risk of erectile dysfunction and losing bladder control in order to rid themselves of prostate cancer. HIFU targets the cancer carefully so it is very unlikely to damage healthy cells in the prostate or elsewhere in the urinary tract. This makes recovery times much quicker, pain usually non-existent, and the whole process much safer. Please contact Dr. Frank Tortora’s Cary, North Carolina office at the Associated Urologists of North Carolina to set-up a consultation by calling (844) 371-HIFU (4438).