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16 HIFU for Prostate Cancer Treatment Pros and Cons

The high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment for prostate cancer offers a non-invasive therapeutic technique which features non-ionizing ultrasonic waves that will heat tissues in the body. This process is useful when increasing the flow of blood or lymph fluid is necessary to create a positive impact on the cancer.

When a man goes through this procedure, then sound waves are used to create temperatures as high as 90°F that can kill the cancer cells in just seconds. Your physician would use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with the ultrasound imaging to know where the exact location of the tumor is. That gives them the opportunity to point the sound waves in the right direction.

Although surgery is not required for this treatment, it can create pain because of the heat. You will receive anesthesia and shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. You will then have a catheter placed to catch any urine while the doctors are working. Then the ultrasound probe is placed into the rectum to send the sound waves to where they need to go.

If you have been diagnosed with this condition and are looking for alternative treatment options, then these are the pros and cons of the HIFU procedure for prostate cancer.

List of the Pros of the HIFU Treatment for Prostate Cancer

1. HIFU is approved by the FDA for treatment of prostate cancer.
Although the high-intensity focused ultrasound procedure was hanging in limbo for several years waiting for regulatory approval, it is now available to men in the United States when they receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer. There are two systems currently available that can treat tumors or destroy diseased tissue, making it a useful option for many men. Medicare has already agreed to cover the treatment with their coverage protocol as well, which should impact its level of availability in the near future.

2. It doesn’t take long to produce the results that you want.
The HIFU treatment option takes four hours or less to successfully deal with the prostate cancer. Some patients can have their procedure completed in 60 minutes because of how effective it is. Before you can have it done, your doctor will want you to have an enema to ensure that your bowels are empty. There is also a restriction in place that you cannot eat or drink anything for at least six hours before having the operation.

3. HIFU has fewer side effects for guys than other prostate cancer treatments.
There are far fewer side effects associated with this prostate cancer treatment than the others which are currently available right now. One of the most difficult issues that is associated with HIFU involves having trouble getting an erection for the first few weeks after it is done. Most men see this issue go away over time, and medication can help some guys regain this ability.

Some men report that they have trouble urinating after having the HIFU procedure. They might also leak urine between trips to the toilet. There can also be pain between your rectum and testicles that medication can treat. Rare side effects include a UTI, blood in the urine, and a testicular infection.

4. This treatment option is not something that is new for the rest of the world.
Although the HIFU treatment for prostate cancer is new in the United States, it is something that is been practiced for more than a decade in Europe and Asia. Guys from the U.S. have even traveled overseas to receive this treatment when they were part of a well-selected group that required help with ultra-localized cancer cells. It is such an effective technique that most men after just 7 days of recovery do not notice any significant side effects.

5. It removes the risks of radiation from the treatment process.

This treatment option for prostate cancer kills the cancer cells without needing to use radiation. That means you can kill all of the genetic material that causes the cells to multiply abnormally without irradiating them. Although there is still a risk that healthy cells will be killed alongside the cancer cells with this treatment option, the impact on the rest of the body is relatively minor. You will typically keep your surrounding tissues healthier with HIFU then you would with a comparative radiation procedure.

6. Doctors are able to make adjustments during the procedure.
The HIFU treatment procedure for prostate cancer allows doctors to adapt to what they find after their work begins. This setup makes it possible for the energy to stay focused on the exact location where it can provide the most help. For some guys, that means the entire prostate gland can receive ablation without worrying about making a single incision to start killing off the cancer cells. Then you can return back to your normal life after the procedure. Some guys even celebrate it by going out to dinner that same night.

7. The HIFU procedure uses clean energy to create results.
Doctors can use this treatment for prostate cancer repetitively without causing additional damage to the surrounding tissues or organs as they would encounter with the traditional options. It features non-ionizing energy that allows you to pursue other treatments in the future if your doctor feels that they are necessary. You can even receive another HIFU if that offers the best chance to destroy the cancer. That means you don’t need to destroy your life just to make sure that you continue to have one.

8. It is a procedure that is minimally invasive.
You will not need to worry about having surgery when the HIFU is the treatment recommendation for your prostate cancer. The treatment will have you be put to sleep using a general anesthesia under most circumstances to avoid the pain that the sound waves can cause. The only two items of concern are the catheter that is placed to allow any urine to escape and the ultrasound, which is then placed in your rectum. Your body does not need to recover from incisions like it would with other treatment options.

9. You have more bladder control with the HIFU treatment.
When you and your doctor decide that the HIFU treatment is the best way to treat your prostate cancer, then you will benefit from an increased level of control over your bladder after the work is done. When compared to other treatment options, the issues with incontinence are relatively minor. The risks of a bowel disorder or ongoing leakage are greatly reduced when taking this approach.

List of the Cons of the HIFU Treatment for Prostate Cancer

1. It still requires pre-treatment options before it can be successful.
The reason why HIFU is a successful treatment option for prostate cancer us because it relies on first-hand visualization and real-time data. Guys must go through the entire diagnosis process before this procedure will receive a go-ahead from their treatment physician. Like other treatment options for this cancer, such as CyberKnife, there are CT scans, a prostate biopsy, and imaging requirements necessary that can become costly if your health insurance does not cover the costs effectively.

2. There may not be any availability for this procedure in this region.
Because HIFU only recently received FDA approval to treat guys in United States, there are not many providers currently active in this area of prostate cancer treatment. Some guys may need to travel extensively if they receive a referral for this procedure, which is an expense that is not always covered by medical insurance. If you’re thinking about the pros and cons of HIFU for your condition, then speak with your treating physician to see if they know of someone in your region that offers it.

3. The data used to treat the prostate cancer may be out of date.
It can take some time to go from the initial diagnosis of prostate cancer to an open appointment for your first treatment. Even with the CT scans and other imaging tools used to generate information for the provider, the amount of time between data gathering and treatment can be inaccurate. That means the first treatment may not be as accurate as it could be. It is almost impossible to know the true extent of prostate cancer until a doctor can see it for themselves.

4. Some guys might still need to receive other prostate cancer treatments.
The HIFU treatment may be an effective non-invasive way to stop prostate cancer, but it doesn’t always remove all of the damage tissues or cancer cells. We currently have about 10 years of data from which to work when evaluating the high-intensity focused ultrasound process. What the information shows is that there is a 1 in 10 risk that you may need to receive ongoing prostate cancer treatments after this procedure. When this element combines with the fact that we don’t know what its long-term risks or effectiveness are as of yet, it may not be the right choice for some men.

5. There is a high risk of impotence for men with the HIFU procedure.
According to Dr. David Samadi, a robotic oncology specialist, there is a 15% risk of impotence with optimal patient conditions, surgical results, and post-operative care when using robotic surgery to treat prostate cancer. When the HIFU method is used to attack the cancer cells, then some reports indicate that up to 70% of men are left with impotency. This higher risk is due to the potential for nerve damage in the region where erectile function occurs.

6. Your doctor may want the catheter to stay in for a while.
Some doctors may choose to keep the catheter in place after this treatment for prostate cancer for up to a week – and sometimes more. If you encounter this issue, then it is essential that you review the pros and cons of managing your tubing to ensure that you can begin returning to your regular lifestyle and routine.

7. The HIFU method is only useful in specific situations.
According to Cancer Research UK, the HIFU treatment option for prostate cancer is only effective when there is a single tumor or part of a large tumor that are discovered during the diagnostic process. It cannot be used for guys who have tumors that have begun to spread from this area. You can only receive a referral if the cancer remains localized to the prostate.

The pros and cons of the HIFU treatment for prostate cancer are still relatively unknown. There is a significant lack of clinical data available to support its effectiveness. There is also no information to support the idea that this treatment process is ineffective. Because it is so new, we do not have any information about its long-term treatment success rates either. As more guys receive their cancer treatment using this method, there will certainly be more advantages and disadvantages to consider. As for right now, deciding on HIFU is for you and your doctor.

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further to the article below it is interesting to note that once the 5G system is available it will be possible for the patient to be in an operating theatre in a given country and the surgeon to be carrying out the operation to work in real time over the internet from anywhere else in the world!

12 Pros and Cons of the Da Vinci Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci® Surgical System is a medical treatment option that uses a robotic surgery system to create a minimally invasive alternative for laparoscopy and some open surgeries. This technology makes it possible for doctors to make a handful of tiny incisions to treat the patient, providing better precision, control, and vision for the surgeon while working. Patients can then recover sooner because there are fewer incisions involved, allowing individuals to move on to their next treatment need or return to their daily routine faster.

Although this surgical option is available for a variety of procedures, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America ® uses it as a treatment for a variety of different cancer surgeries, including liver, stomach, prostate, pancreas, and colon diagnoses. It is sometimes used to treat gynecologic cancers as well.

The surgeon operates from a seated position at a console. Their eyes and hands are in line with the instruments. Then a 3-D, high-definition view of the target anatomy is displayed to produce the intended results. These are the pros and cons of the da Vinci robotic surgery to consider.

List of the Pros of the da Vinci Robotic Surgery

1. There is less pain involved with the da Vinci surgery.
Because this robotic surgery creates fewer and smaller incisions than an open surgery might require, patients typically experience less recovery pain after the procedure. It may even allow for some outpatient procedures to occur, or an option to come home the day after the surgery if it occurs in the morning. Although no surgery is 100% pain-free, choosing da Vinci if it is available allows you to get back on your feet a lot faster when compared to the overall traditional approach.

2. There is a lower risk of complications or infections with this surgery.
The da Vinci robotic surgery system makes smaller incisions during the procedure, which means there are fewer opportunities for an infection to set in after the surgery. You have a lower risk of complications when choosing this option as well thanks to the impersonal nature of the equipment. Although a surgeon is at the controls using a 3-D image of the body to guide the process, there are fewer chances for “leftovers” to remain in the body after completion.

The reduced impact on the body reduces the risk of bacterial interference with the process. It reduces the risk of an accidental injury during the recovery phase. That means people can heal faster and more completely after the medical work is complete.

3. There are shorter hospital stays with the da Vinci surgery.
When using the da Vinci robotic system for surgery, the smaller incisions lead to a shorter time in recovery. That means some patients can get out of the hospital sooner than they would with the traditional surgical approach. Surgeons can access the intended area with greater precision and less of a physical impact, which is why the time in post-op is considerably lower with most procedures. It is such an effective process that it can be useful as an outpatient option for some health issues. There are patients who can even come home after coming out of general anesthesia on the same day. That also means there are fewer scarring issues that occur during the healing process since the access areas are much smaller.

4. There is a faster return to the normal activities of life.
Depending on the patient diagnosis or the type of cancer that requires treatment, individuals can get back to their normal routines of life much faster thanks to the da Vinci system. That means you can regain urinary continence, restore sexual function, or begin to exercise lightly much sooner than you would before the invention of this surgical option.

The reason why this advantage is possible is because of the advantages that are available to the surgeon. The da Vinci system provides more precision, increases the range of motion for the physician, and improves the available dexterity of the work.

5. There is an enhancement in the visualization for the surgeon.
The da Vinci system allows the surgeon to see an enhanced view of the anatomy and what surgical interventions need to occur. This process makes it easier to see the problem areas that require fixing. It is even possible to see areas that may not be possible with the naked eye, even with the presence of magnifying lenses in the operating theater. That means surgeons have an improved ability to spare healthy tissues that are no impacted by cancer when this option is available for the patient.

6. There is less fatigue associated with the surgery for the physician.
Surgeons use the da Vinci robotic system while sitting down, which means there is less overall fatigue associated with this option compared to the traditional intervention. That’s not to say that doctors won’t become tired during a long surgery, because they do, but there are fewer risk factors involved with a prolonged procedure since the activities take place in a low-impact environment.

The surgical robot can also be used by multiple doctors when necessary for an extended procedure. You can also use the equipment with rotating surgical teams throughout the day, with proper disinfecting techniques, to eliminate the human restrictions which are sometimes in place in some facilities.

7. There are fewer blood loss issues with a successful da Vinci surgery.
Robotic surgeries have significantly less blood loss for the patient when you compare the da Vinci techniques to the open approach. That means there are lower transfusion rates that occur during the hospital stay, and then the length of time during recovery is much less as well. Although the cost of the procedure may be higher in some geographical areas, patients can make up some of the expense with savings on the recovery end of the process.

Some complications from surgery are also lower with the da Vinci system, including deep vein thrombosis, lymphoceles, hematomas, ureteral injuries, anastomotic leaks, and wound infections. That means there is an even lower cost expectation in the follow-up to consider for some individuals as well.

List of the Cons of the da Vinci Robotic Surgery

1. Some surgeries may require you to be held in an unnatural position.
The da Vinci robotic surgery system attempts to keep patients in as natural of a position as possible during the procedure. There are times when access is not possible using the usual method, which means you need to be placed in an unusual position while the surgeon does their work. That means you have the risk of suffering from permanent nerve damage if you are kept in that state for an extended time.

There is also the risk of other physical injuries for some procedures if you are kept in an unnatural state for a long time. These are in addition to the typical risks of surgery that everyone faces when a surgeon needs to intervene for their medical care.

2. Tactile feedback is eliminated through the robotic system.
Surgeons do not receive the same levels of tactile feedback when working on a patient when they use the da Vinci system over a manual option. That means there is a slight increase in the risk of an injury if an adjacent organ is hit during the medical procedure. Because equipment is being used instead of the hands of a doctor, there is an increased risk of suffering a burn when choosing this option.

This disadvantage is mitigated through the training process for each doctor and continued with their experience in the operating theater, but it still exists.

3. There are no national training standards in the U.S. for robotic surgery.
One of the most significant advantages of the da Vinci robotic surgery system is that there are no national medical standards to follow for this procedure. Many surgeons receive their training online, and then they receive a one-day session at the facility which manufactures the equipment. Some doctors will receive supervised surgeries, usually 1-2, before being fully released to use the equipment independently.

It is up to the individual hospital to determine if their doctors are qualified to use the robotic systems in their facilities. It can take a long time to master this minimally invasive technology, so patients must perform their due diligence when deciding if this option is the best choice for your medical needs.

4. Cost considerations may come into play for some patients.
The cost of any surgery is going to be a significant medical expense for patients in the United States. Hospital costs in the U.S. average about $4,000 per day, which is an expense that incurs about $15,000. Then you have the cost of the surgery to consider. If you have a heart valve replacement, then the expense may be as high as $200,000 in some markets. Some cancer surgeries run in the $150,000 range. Even a gastric bypass may be upwards of $25,000, which is in addition to the costs of the hospital stay.

5. The equipment can malfunction during the surgical intervention.
One of the risks of using robotic technology for a surgery is that there can be malfunctions that occur, even if the maintenance schedule is kept up-to-date on the equipment. If this disadvantage occurs in the middle of a procedure, then the arms of the da Vinci system may not respond as anticipated. That can mean the surgery can take longer than expected, require a physical intervention to complete the work, and can enhance the risk of complication in some situations.

The reality of robotic surgery is that it may not offer many long-term benefits for patients that are comparable to open techniques, which means the advantages all involve short-term circumstances. If the surgery is successful, then you will recover either way over time, so the expense may become your top consideration.

Verdict on the Pros and Cons of the da Vinci Robotic Surgery

As with any surgery, a patient should think twice about using the da Vinci robotic system if what is necessary is a routine procedure. If you need a hernia repair, gallbladder removal, gastric bypass, or a standard colon surgery, then the complexity of this option might not be suitable for your needs.

On the other hand, the dexterity of the robot with this system may make complex cancer surgeries, the removal of neck or head tumors, and options where a minimally invasive choice is not available easier to manage during and after the procedure.

When evaluating the pros and cons of the da Vinci robot surgery, you will want to look at the key points individually with your doctor. It is your comfort level with this process, along with the experience of your physician, that should guide you toward your final decision.

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Steam treatment for big prostates approved on NHS

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The NHS can start offering a new steam treatment for benign prostate enlargement, says the regulator, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

The procedure is minimally invasive and can be done under local anaesthetic without an overnight hospital stay.

It involves passing a small probe up the urethra to inject a puff of steam into the troublesome area.

The steam kills off some of the enlarged tissue to ease symptoms.

The dead cells are reabsorbed by the body.

An enlarged prostate is common – affecting one in three men over the age of 50 – and forces the urethra (urine tube) to narrow, causing a variety of problems, including difficulty emptying the bladder.

Drugs or an operation can help but NICE says men should now be offered another treatment option.

The steam treatment, called Rezum, is an alternative to invasive surgery and is said to have fewer side-effects, such as impotence and incontinence.

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Patients may have to take antibiotics and have a urinary catheter for some days after the procedure. Some activities, including sexual intercourse, should be avoided for up to one month.

It is the latest of several minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

What is BPH?

  • It is the medical term for an enlarged prostate gland – the gland located in the pelvis between the penis and the bladder
  • It is not a cancer and it isn’t usually a serious threat to health
  • The cause is unclear but it is more common in older men
  • Symptoms may be mild and not need treatment but for others they can be troublesome

Prof Richard Hindley, a consultant urologist at Hampshire Hospitals, has been providing the treatment to some of his patients, with “very good results”.

“The treatment involves a tiny water droplet being heated to 103C and then injected via the urethra into the prostate,” he said.

“It can be performed quickly, with each procedure taking less than 20 minutes.

“The number of injections required is titrated according to the size of the gland.”

Prof Kevin Harris from NICE, said: “Approving this procedure gives men the chance to talk to their clinician about which is right for them.”

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By Jamie Ducharme

May 30, 2018

 

Millions of Americans may book an extra doctor’s appointment this year, thanks to updated guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The ACS is now recommending that adults at average risk of colorectal cancer begin regular screenings at age 45, rather than the previous standard of age 50. The change was informed by research from ACS scientists, who found last year that cancers of the colon and rectum are occurring at increasing rates among young and middle-aged adults. Studies have shown that roughly one in seven colon cancer patients is younger than 50.

People with a strong family history of colorectal cancers, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease or certain other risk factors may need to begin testing even earlier than age 45, the ACS said. High-risk individuals may also need to get tested more often than other people. (The recommended frequency of tests varies depending on type; some stool tests, for example, should be completed annually, while a colonoscopy may only be needed once a decade.)

Screening for cancers and other chronic diseases can be a fraught topic, as experts often disagree about when these tests should begin. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently changed its guidelines around mammograms, for example, and there’s argument about whether these tests, and those for other cancers, are effective at all.

Ultimately, when it comes to colorectal cancers, like most chronic diseases, all decisions about how, when and how frequently to screen should be based on personalized conversations between individuals and their physicians, the ACS said.

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first may I wish Stephen Fry a speedy and full recovery from the actions he and his Oncology Consultant decided to take when he had been diagnosed to have Prostate Cancer.

Do listen to Stephen Fry’s story in his own words and if you need more information on Prostate Cancer just put >prostate cancer< in the >SEARCH BOX< at the top of the >Right Sidebar< on this web site and follow the links.

Here is a film of the Robotic operating machine Stephen Fry spoke of, it is commonly known as a Da Vinci Machine and is operated by a surgeon or trained operator remotely via a VDU:

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Hi,

I am pleased to note that the obscene point scoring of the likes of The Papacy, Donald Trump and others as they interfered with the treatment of Charlie Gard, for their own gain, contra the sound advice of medical experts and the center of excellence Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital – Charlie Gard’s death will now be permitted with no further experimentation & artificial extension.

Common sense & common decency prevailed in the end though Charlie Gard has been dead, in real terms since December, sustained mechanically, with no knowledge of just what he was suffering, besides gross indignity!

 

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A cruel and ignorant campaign

The agonising case of Charlie Gard, the 11-month old baby dying from a rare form of mitochondrial disease, is edging towards a no less agonising conclusion.

Today, his parents agreed that he should be transferred from Great Ormond Street hospital in London (GOSH) to a hospice to spend there his final period of life.

The hospice was a compromise. The parents have been fighting the plan for their baby’s end of life care just as they had fought the decision that he should no longer be kept alive. They wanted to bring Charlie home to die. The hospital refused to agree because of the difficulties of providing the particular ventilation and other procedures for Charlie at home, and the potential for causing him yet more distress or even causing him to die before he got home.

The court that has been attempting to arbitrate this heartbreaking dispute has set a deadline of noon tomorrow for the parents to find a team that can support Charlie for the days the parents want to spend with him at the hospice. Otherwise he will be taken off his life support shortly after being transferred.

The parents deserve only the most profound sympathy. Their unremitting rage at the hospital has to be seen in the context of mind-altering grief. In such a state, however, it is sometimes not possible to make decisions that really are in the best interests of their child. In this case, moreover, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that their stress has been hugely compounded by one of the most cruelly ill-conceived campaigns of recent times.

The parents finally agreed to allow Charlie to die having seen from his most recent scan and the opinion of American neurologist Professor Michio Hirano, whose experimental nucleoside treatment (NBT) they hoped would save him, that any such treatment was hopeless. Yet in her emotional statement to the court Charlie’s mother Connie Yates implied that if he had been treated earlier he could have been saved.

Clearly, no-one can ever know if that might have been so. But what we do know is that at no stage was any credible evidence brought forward to show that Charlie’s brain damage was not irreversible, as the hospital told the parents it was months ago, so much so that any further treatment was futile. Nor was there ever any evidence during this time that Professor Hirano’s or any other treatment would ameliorate his condition.

The statement put out by the hospital after Ms Yates’s emotional words is worth reading in full. It addressed head on the key questions posed by the parents and their supporters: why not give Charlie at least the chance of further treatment? What did he have to lose? And if he had been treated months ago, would this terrible situation have been avoided?

In its answer, the hospital noted once again that no animal or human with Charlie’s precise disease had even been treated by NBT. After Charlie had suffered seizures before last Christmas, the entire treating team formed the view that Charlie had suffered irreversible neurological damage and that, as a result, any chance of benefit from this treatment had departed.

Charlie’s parents, however, refused to believe his brain was damaged. There lay the root of the problem. For do all these people demonstrating outside the court and shrieking that Great Ormond Street hospital were “murderers”, or writing ignorant and intemperate op-eds in the American media declaring that only the parents had the right to decide what was in the best interests of their child, really believe that parents know better than neurologists about damage that has been done to the brain?

The hospital statement contains two particularly devastating passages. The first leaves the reputation of Professor Hirano in shreds.

“Professor Hirano (“the Professor”), whose laboratory research has an international reputation, is very well known to the experts at GOSH and he communicated with them about NBT treatment for Charlie at the very end of December. In January, GOSH invited the Professor to come and see Charlie. That invitation remained open at all times but was not taken up until 18 July after being extended, once again, this time by the Court.

“When the hospital was informed that the Professor had new laboratory findings causing him to believe NBT would be more beneficial to Charlie than he had previously opined, GOSH’s hope for Charlie and his parents was that that optimism would be confirmed.”

That claim of new research evidence was why the parents returned to court and re-opened the case. The judge said he was eager to hear of this new evidence and hoped it would enable him to reverse his previous ruling. The GOSH statement, however, continues:

“It was, therefore, with increasing surprise and disappointment that the hospital listened to the Professor’s fresh evidence to the Court. On 13 July he stated that not only had he not visited the hospital to examine Charlie but in addition, he had not read Charlie’s contemporaneous medical records or viewed Charlie’s brain imaging or read all of the second opinions about Charlie’s condition (obtained from experts all of whom had taken the opportunity to examine him and consider his records) or even read the Judge’s decision made on 11 April.

“Further, GOSH was concerned to hear the Professor state, for the first time, whilst in the witness box, that he retains a financial interest in some of the NBT compounds he proposed prescribing for Charlie. Devastatingly, the information obtained since 13 July gives no cause for optimism. Rather, it confirms that whilst NBT may well assist others in the future, it cannot and could not have assisted Charlie.”

In other words, there never was any hope for Charlie – and the claim that
fresh research evidence provided some new hope was wholly without foundation and came from someone who had never even examined the child.

But here’s the really wicked thing about all this. The parents were reinforced in their refusal to accept this tragic situation, and the whole court process pointlessly prolonged, because of the pressure largely emanating from activists and media on the American political right (along with right-to-life campaigners) screaming that a baby was about to be killed by a socialised health care “death panel” enforced by the British government. This campaign led the parents to believe that such pressure could change the court’s mind. And so the parents were reinforced in their refusal to face reality.

The commentary emanating from America, however, was staggeringly ill-informed. The website American Thinker, for example, ran one hysterical piece after another. Thus the case represented “a perfect crystallization of the full heart and soul of socialized or ‘single payer’ health care”, a “tyrannically impersonal “medical system” in which “the individual human being is property of the State”.

“Little Charlie Gard appears to be under a death sentence courtesy of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the British Courts” in “a totalitarian state where the courts decide whether my child can live or die, where they can withhold medical treatment as and when they decide, where they can prevent treatment in another nation, where the rights of the individuals involved can be thrown on the floor and trashed like so much refuse”

…“the almost inhuman indifference to the plight of the parents by the Great Ormond Street Hospital, who insist that the parents should have no hope of improvement in their son and acquiesce in his death”…

“progressive death cult according to which individual lives are mere variables in an abstract calculus based on social utility and budgetary value.” And so on, and on.

On Liberty Unyielding, a writer decided that the case reflected the belief she thought was expressed by a British ethicist that “the authority of government over human life is itself a first principle, so inviolable that everything else must yield to it.”

Even the normally intelligent Wall Street Journal decried “a system that elevated a judge’s opinion about what was best for Charlie over loving parents. Few should be surprised, because the brutal reality is that when the state is responsible for nearly all health spending it inevitably takes responsibility for life and death decisions too.”

But this case had absolutely nothing to do with the state or the government. This was not Charlie’s parents v the state. This was Charlie’s parents v the medical profession, a conflict in which the courts were brought in as the dispassionate arbiter in the best interests above all of the sick child.

This was another thing the American commentators seemed incapable of grasping. In the US, the courts are highly politicised with judicial figures appointed by the state. But in Britain the courts are truly independent, representing law and justice. The state does not tell the British courts what to do; the British courts in fact hold the state to account. So the idea that the courts were enforcing state diktat in this case was totally ridiculous.

Nor had this anything to do with “socialised medicine” or the NHS system. This was purely a case where doctors were making decisions absolutely in line with medical ethics, which hold that causing a patient any pain or distress from treatment is only permissible if there is clear benefit to the patient from that treatment. In this case, there was not.

And this fact was reflected in the most devastating passage in the hospital’s statement.

“At the first hearing in Charlie’s case in March, GOSH’s position was that every day that passed was a day that was not in his best interests. That remains its view of his welfare. Even now, Charlie shows physical responses to stressors that some of those treating him interpret as pain and when two international experts assessed him last week, they believed that they elicited a pain response.

“In GOSH’s view there has been no real change in Charlie’s responsiveness since January. Its fear that his continued existence has been painful to him has been compounded by the Judge’s finding, in April, that since his brain became affected by RRM2B [his genetic disease] , Charlie’s has been an existence devoid of all benefit and pleasure. If Charlie has had a relationship with the world around him since his best interests were determined, it has been one of suffering.”

That is the most terrible point of all. Charlie may have been in pain and distress. That above all was the hospital’s fear; that above all weighed particularly heavily on the judge’s mind. If that was indeed so, then every day this case has dragged on has meant that this sick baby might have been caused yet more suffering.

If so, the parents in their great distress cannot be blamed. The people who should consider what harm they may have done here are all those who, through giving the parents such false hopes, so cruelly embedded them in their denial of reality.

Whether or not Great Ormond Street hospital was right or wrong in its diagnosis, its medical staff were only ever concerned with one thing: the best interests of their tiny patient. For this they have been subjected to vilification and death threats and portrayed as inhumane and murderers. This is unspeakable.

I write a great deal about the ideological bullying of the left, the lies published by left-wing media and the inhumanity and irrationality of so much allegedly progressive thinking. But I have never witnessed such concentrated ignorance, arrogance, stupidity and unthinking cruelty as has been displayed by the American political right over the tragic case of Charlie Gard.

The last word should be given to Great Ormond Street hospital:

“All of GOSH’s thoughts go with Charlie and his mother and father – the hospital wishes each of them peace in their hearts at the end of this day and each day to come”.

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‘Fingerprint’ in the blood is linked to prostate cancer risk

05 July 2017 | News, Science and research

Dr Travis leads a research project that we fund at the University of Oxford.

My current project is exploring a new field of research that has the potential to uncover ways of preventing prostate cancer through improved diet and lifestyle.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in British men, so this research is incredibly important and it would not be possible without the support of World Cancer Research Fund.

What the study found

This new area of research is known as metabolomics and it measures small molecules in the blood called metabolites.

Our study found that the levels of different metabolites that make up a man’s metabolic ‘fingerprint’ in the blood were linked with his risk of developing prostate cancer.

How does this relate to my daily life?

The levels of different metabolites present in someone’s blood are partly determined by diet and lifestyle. This means that the ‘fingerprint’ of metabolites in the blood could give us new insights into how diet and lifestyle can affect prostate cancer risk.

The next stage of the project will focus on working out precisely how diet and lifestyle factors can affect the pattern of metabolites in the blood. This will help us achieve our ultimate aim of fully understanding how diet and lifestyle can help prevent prostate cancer.

Making a difference

There is already strong evidence that maintaining a healthy weight is associated with a reduced risk of aggressive types of prostate cancer.

However, if more risk factors for prostate cancer are uncovered, this could help us prevent many more cases, particularly the more aggressive types.

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