Focused ultrasound offers the potential to treat many cancers through non-invasively destroying malignant tissue or enhancing adjuvant therapy (e.g. chemotherapy or radiation).

The technology is approved in Europe and the U.S. to relieve the pain in patients with bone metastases. In addition, focused ultrasound systems to treat prostate cancer are approved in Europe and are currently under FDA review and may be commercially available in the U.S. soon.

Focused ultrasound is also approved in Europe to treat patients with breast, liver, pancreatic and kidney cancers and soft tissue tumors.

In pediatric oncology, definitive studies in children are likely to be delayed until more studies in adults have been completed and analysed. However, a new clinical trial at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC is focused on patients (less than 30 years of age) with recurrent solid tumors for which there are no curative treatments. 

In addition, there is significant research activity around the globe assessing the potential of the technology to enhance the delivery and effectiveness of cancer drugs. 

Learn more about focused ultrasound for: 

clinical stages key

Biliary Tract Tumors Clinical Trials icon    
Bladder Tumors
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Bone Metastases FDA Approved icon Outside Approval icon Clinical Trials icon
Bone Tumors Outside Approval icon Clinical Trials icon  
Brain Tumors, Glioma and Metastatic Clinical Trials icon    
Breast Cancer Outside Approval icon Clinical Trials icon  
Cancer Pain Clinical Trials icon    
Cervical Tumors Clinical Trials icon    
Colorectal Tumors Clinical Trials icon    
Endometrial Tumors Clinical Trials icon    
Esophageal Tumors Early Stage icon    
Head and Neck Tumors Clinical Trials icon    
Kidney Tumors Outside Approval icon Clinical Trials icon  
Liver Tumors Outside Approval icon Clinical Trials icon  
Lung Tumors Clinical Trials icon    
Melanoma
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Multiple Myeloma
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Multiple Tumors
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Neuroblastoma Early Stage icon    
Ovarian Tumors Early Stage icon    
Pancreatic Tumors Outside Approval icon Clinical Trials icon  
Prostate Cancer FDA Approved icon Outside Approval icon Clinical Trials icon
Sacral Chordomas Clinical Trials icon    
Soft Tissue Tumors Outside Approval icon Clinical Trials icon  
Thyroid Cancer
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Vaginal Tumors Clinical Trials icon    

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