21 October 2014 by Manit Arya
We would like to remind physicians involved in focal therapy using the cryotherapy or high intensity focused ultrasound of the NICE guidance that apply to such cases.
First, special arrangements for consent must be applied. This should be in written and verbal form detailing the pros and cons of focal therapy with respect to radical whole-gland therapies. Within trials, there are approved written information sheets but those men treated within a registry (as per second point below) must be given written information. UCLH is happy to share its information sheet on request, but please do ensure it is compliant to your local hospital policies and guidelines by submitting it through your local processes.
Second, physicians should ensure that all cases are carried out within a clinical trial or the data submitted prospectively to a treatment registry that would eventually lead to peer reviewed submissions for publications. More details on the registry arrangement will be sent in another statement.
Third, all cases must be discussed in a multidisciplinary setting.
We would be very happy to discuss any of these points with you so please do feel free to get in touch.
Manit Arya & Hashim U. Ahmed Focal Therapy User Group, UK Co-chairs