HIFU Procedure Option Presents Low Risk of Impotence, Incontinence for Patients
On November 2nd 2018, Good Samaritan Medical Center reported that it was the first hospital in Palm Beach County now performing the High Intensity Focused Ultrasound procedure for prostate cancer patients.  HIFU directs high-frequency sound waves that heat up and burn off cancerous tissue, with a low risk of triggering the common side effects of impotence or incontinence. 
"This procedure is designed to bring a safe and effective minimally invasive option to patients, who in the past, had to deal with the side effects of impotence or incontinence," said Tara McCoy, chief executive officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center.  "The oncology program at Good Sam is a signature service of our hospital that continues to implement cutting edge technology to enhance the lives of our patients.”
In 2015, the FDA cleared HIFU for prostate tissue ablation. Urologists are now using it to ablate parts of the prostate on patients with localized prostate cancer, that is, cancer that has spread in but not beyond the capsule of the prostate gland, and has not reached other parts of the body. According to the Urology Care Foundations, more than 90% of men who are told they have prostate cancer have localized disease, meaning a majority of these patients could benefit from a minimally invasive procedure like HIFU.
At Good Samaritan Cancer Institute, our experienced team is continuously working at the forefront research and technology within the medical field to bring patients new and innovative research capabilities, treatment methods, and access to clinical trials.
Our patients can take comfort in knowing that our patient navigator will provide the comfort and support they need, and will guide them every step of the way from post-diagnosis to treatment and recovery.
For more information on the HIFU procedure, you can go to our website at www.goodsamaritanmc.com 
About Good Samaritan Medical Center
Good Samaritan Medical Center is a 333-bed acute care hospital providing sophisticated, personalized medical care to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast for over 95 years. 
As one of the area’s leading oncology centers, the hospital’s Cancer Institute provides general and highly specialized cancer services and is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons. Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Breast Institute is designated by the American College of Surgeons as a National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a designation reserved for breast centers that achieve high standards across the most effective breast cancer treatments. The Breast Institute is also a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
Additional services include general and robotic surgical options through the hospital’s Surgical Institute, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, 24-hour emergency care, advanced cardiac care through the Cardiac and Vascular Institute, diagnostic imaging, maternity services and a Sleep Disorders Center. Good Samaritan is also home to The Palms Medical Detoxification, one of a select few hospital-based medically supervised alcohol and drug detoxification centers.
Good Samaritan Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for two consecutive years and earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The hospital was also the recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for three years in a row (2014-2016) and is a designated Center of Excellence for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery™.
To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, or for a complimentary physician referral, visit www.goodsamaritanmc.com or call 561-650-6023.