About prostate cancer:
off-target regions, such as the nerves which innervate the penis.
Therapies for prostate cancer:
MR-guided laser ablation of prostate cancer is advantageous because it is an outpatient procedure, patients do not require general anesthesia, and the risk of impotence and urinary incontinence is theoretically low.
Visualase Laser Ablation:
A small catheter is inserted into the prostate cancer under MRI guidance. The tip of the laser burns the prostate cancer and kills the tumor. The extent of tumor ablation can be assessed under MRI. The procedure lasts 1-3 hours based on how many cancers are being treated. Patients go home the same day.
For any questions regarding interest in this study or about this procedure in general, visit the UCLA Radiology Prostate Imaging website.