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First Bulgarian patient to be cured from prostate cancer with the use of ultrasound

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First Bulgarian patient to be cured from prostate cancer with the use of ultrasound

The first Bulgarian successfully underwent bloodless prostate cancer removal with the use of ultrasound, conducted by Dr. Orlin Savov. The 58-year-old businessman from Sofia could not have the traditional heavy surgical procedure due to his overweight. 2.5 years ago he began taking hormones which would stop his body from producing testosterone and lead to temporary hold in the development of the prostate cancer. He was then referred to Dr. Orlin Savov by the Bulgarian urologist Dr. Krasimir Yanev.

Dr. Savov and Dr. Yanev have been working in the last four years on a joint “Bulgaria-Germany” urology project. They claim that when the cancer is localised early and has no metastases, it can be completely cured in 80% of the cases. The US technology used for the non-invasive procedure – High Intense Focused Ultrasound-HIFU ‘Sonablate 500′ Misonix, cured the Bulgarian businessmen in the total time frame of 105 minutes. Soon afterward he has returned to Bulgaria and happily resumed his normal life.

Besides the HIFU, there is another globally recognized method for non-invasive complete prostate cancer removal – brachytherapy with seeds 125-Iod. Just like the ultrasound, it takes around 60 minutes to complete. The first Bulgarian to be cured using brachytherapy was a 76-year-old man from Sofia with a high narcoses risk.

Both procedures took place in the German ‘Urology 24′ urology and oncology centre in NГјrnberg. Using the two non-invasive methods Dr. Savov has so far cured 70 patients.

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