Clinic for individual therapies for prostate cancer
Millions of men develop prostate cancer, in Germany almost one in five. Conventional treatments such as surgical removal of the prostate – radical prostatectomy – and radiation therapy cause serious side effects: Approximately 70 percent of all men suffer from impotence afterwards, 20 to 50 percent from incontinence, and bowel and bladder problems. Despite their radical nature, however, these therapies do not guarantee a cure: in 10 to 30 percent of men who have undergone surgery, a new carcinoma grows back within five years – and much more frequently in the case of tumors that have broken through the prostate capsule.
IRE, the gentle local therapy for prostate cancer
Irreversible electroporation (IRE)’ allows prostate cancer to be treated specifically and gently, without the undesirable side effects of conventional treatments.
This unsatisfactory situation motivated us to develop a new treatment method, Irreversible Electroporation (IRE). IRE provides reliable local tumor destruction, without the risk of incontinence and with a very low risk of impotence – less than 10 percent. This is achieved by IRE selectively destroying cells but preserving tissue infrastructure. This does not damage nerves, vessels or other organ structures. At the VITUS Prostate Center, depending on the size and aggressiveness of the tumor, we use different variants of electroporation, including electrochemotherapy (ECT) and IR-ECT, a combination of IRE and ECT.
Over 1500 successful surgeries for prostate cancer
With our methods, we are world leaders in the field of minimally invasive therapy for prostate cancer. Patients from all over the world prove this.
Our success is largely based on the close collaboration of physicians and scientists, including Prof. Boris Rubinsky at the University of Berkeley.
We not only treat small, early prostate carcinomas with IRE and ECT, but also use these methods as “problem solvers” for advanced tumors (stage T3 and T4) that have already grown into the bladder, rectum or pelvic floor and can usually no longer be treated surgically. Carcinoma recurrences after radical prostatectomy, radiotherapy and HIFU, as well as lymph and bone metastases can also be treated gently with IRE and ECT.
- No surgical intervention
- Short treatment duration (48h)
- Precise diaagnostics (MRI, biopsy)
- Erectile dysfunction 0 – max. 10%
- Little or no pain
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Steam for benign prostate enlargement
This new treatment method uses steam to gently reduce the size of the prostate.
Unpleasant side effects, such as incontinence or impotence, can thus usually be avoided.
- minimally invasive treatment
- no retrograde ejaculation
- Maintains the prostate urethra
- fewer complications *compared to alternative treatment methods
- short stay
- short catheter time
- No scarring of bladder neck
Gentle treatments for prostate cancer
IRE explained in detail
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