Temple Smith is a motorcycle enthusiast and avid cyclist who can spend all day on the saddle streaming down the highway. At age 60, he is about to become a grandfather. Over six years have passed since Dr. Lazar performed Temple’s HIFU procedure and there is no sign of his prostate cancer returning.
Temple Smith knew that prostate cancer ran in his family. His uncle died of prostate cancer, and his twin brother underwent a prostatectomy after doctors diagnosed him with the same disease. While the surgery saved Temple’s brother’s life, it left him incontinent, and he now has to wear special absorbent adult underwear everyday.
When Temple turned 45, he began having routine examinations from his primary care doctor, who eventually found early signs of cancer developing in Temple’s prostate. Temple knew he didn’t want to go through the same procedure as his brother, so his doctor referred him to Dr. Lazar in Santa Rosa.
From the moment I arrived at his office, Dr. Lazar and his staff put me at ease. He took his time explaining in great detail the pros and cons of the various treatment options available,” Temple explains. He continues, “Following a thorough examination, Dr. Lazar determined that I was a candidate for the minimally invasive HIFU procedure. At first I was nervous about the procedure since HIFU is not yet FDA-approved. I would have to fly to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to have the procedure done.
Sensing my hesitation, Dr. Lazar explained that the HIFU procedure has been utilized since the early 2000s in Japan, Europe, and Canada with proven efficacy. The procedure would leave my prostate intact, and the chances of it causing incontinence or impotence were very small. I felt that I could trust Dr. Lazar and I decided to proceed with the HIFU procedure.
The HIFU organization SonaCare made all the arrangements for my flight and lodging, which was a huge weight off my shoulders. I stayed in a fine hotel, and a HIFU surgical nurse came by and gave me a comprehensive briefing a day prior to the procedure.
I was also very impressed with the modern hospital where I had the procedure performed.
On the day of the procedure, I met up with Dr. Lazar and a team of trained HIFU professionals in the morning, and the procedure was complete three-four hours later. I felt very little pain, there were no side effects, and to this day I am completely cancer free.
My advice to any man diagnosed with prostate cancer who has the opportunity to have the HIFU treatment – get it!Proven safe and effective in countries around the world, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a minimally invasive, out-patient, and radiation-free procedure that patients can undergo in a few hours and return home the same day. Dr. Lazar works closely with SonaCare to help bring this lifesaving procedure to eligible patients in the U.S. He has performed more than 100 successful HIFU procedures over the last 7 years. Dr. Lazar and other HIFU experts are excited about the pending FDA approval for this procedure in the U.S., which is expected to happen in the fall of 2014. Editor’s note: HIFU was approved for use by the FDA in 2015.