PhD candidate researcher pioneers “agent-less” contrast technique for identifying prostate cancer

Although the technique could be used as a diagnostic method, the real advantage could be to help target cancer cells during magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound, which is an emerging treatment for some prostate cancer. The treatment might fully ablate the cancer cells, or it might be used as a hyperthermia treatment to help improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Hyperthermia has the potential to weaken the cancer cells and boost the body’s own immune system so that lower doses of radiation or chemotherapy would be needed, in turn reducing the associated side effects.