Farrer Park Hospital Implements Non-Invasive Treatment for Prostate Cancer Patients in Singapore

SINGAPORE, Dec. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Farrer Park Hospital is pleased to announce that it is the first in South East Asia to have implemented the Focal One® High-Intensity Frequency Ultrasound (HIFU) Robotic Technology, a non-invasive prostate cancer treatment, for patients with early-stage prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the third most common cancer affecting Singapore men[i]. When diagnosed, most men with prostate cancer do not have urinary problems, urine difficulties or pain. The diagnosis is from an abnormal blood test called prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and a subsequent prostate biopsy that shows cancer cells.

Dr. Chong Kian Tai, Consultant Urologist and Chairman of the Focal One® Prostate Cancer Advisory Committee, said, "Fortunately, most patients with prostate cancer are diagnosed at its early stages. The cancer cells are still localized within the prostate gland and have not spread to other parts of the body. The Focal One® HIFU allows for accurate and dependable focal therapy with desirable outcomes for patients who have early-stage prostate cancer."

This non-invasive technique does not use surgical incisions and minimises potential complications associated with prostate cancer treatments, such as urine incontinence and impotence. The treatment is a day surgery procedure, and the patient can return to his usual routine quickly.

The Hospital hosted a 2-day live surgery workshop supported by The Singapore Urological Association ("SUA") on 18 and 19 November 2019 for SUA urologists on how to use the Focal One® HIFU device for prostate care.

The Focal One® HIFU device was cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June 2018 and subsequently by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) in Singapore. 

About Farrer Park Hospital

Farrer Park Hospital is the latest private tertiary acute care hospital in Singapore. The facility includes the Farrer Park Medical Centre with specialist clinics, medical technology, nuclear medicine and radiology services to support a wide range of surgical specialties such as oncology, orthopeadic, gastroenterology and cardiology. Designed by healthcare professionals and conveniently built above an underground train station, the hospital is a carefully created environment to enable modern yet holistic care for all its patients.

The hospital shares numerous calming gardens and inspiring art works with its related hotel, One Farrer Hotel. Synergies between the hospital and hotel provide families and visitors with enhanced experiences in food and beverage, choices of accommodation, lifestyle programs and conference facilities. Farrer Park Hospital and One Farrer Hotel are part of The Farrer Park Company Pte Ltd, a Singapore based company.

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