Focal therapy for prostate cancer: The current status

Prostate Int. 2015 Jun;3(2):35-41. doi: 10.1016/j.prnil.2015.03.007. Epub 2015 Mar 23.


Purpose: In an era of increasing prostate cancer incidence and earlier detection, the assessment of clinical significance of prostate cancer is critical. Minimally invasive therapies are increasingly being investigated in localized prostate cancer.

Methods and results: In this review, we discuss the current status of magnetic resonance imaging targeted fusion prostate biopsy and focal therapy for prostate cancer, its rationale, and techniques.

Conclusion: Focal therapy offers a promising outlook for prostate cancer treatment, with the goal of effectively achieving cancer control while minimizing morbidity. Long term studies are needed.

Keywords: Ablation; Focal therapy; Fusion prostate biopsy; MRI; MRI-targeted prostate biopsy; Prostate cancer.

Publication types

  • Review