EDAP TMS SA (EDAP), a French company that develops “minimally invasive therapeutic solutions for urology”, saw their share prices leap as much as over 34 percent on Friday to a high of $3.89 per share.
The strong performance follows the announcement of extremely encouraging results of a long-term study that showed high rates of both cancer survival as well as avoidance of salvage therapy. 704 patients treated for localized prostate cancer with high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy, otherwise known as HIFU, over a 15-year period (between 1995 and 2009) at the Munich-Harlaching clinic in southern Germany.
With 78.5 percent of the men studied having intermediate or high-risk prostate cancer, the study demonstrated a cancer-specific survival-rate of 98 percent, while rescue therapy (the kind given to a patient who does not respond to standard treatment) was avoided 99 percent of the time with low-risk patients, 72 percent of the time for those at medium-risk, and in 68 percent of cases involving high-risk patients.
In other words, the HIFU treatment was shown to be effective not only in fighting prostate cancer, but it was also very effective in precluding the need for potentially destructive salvage treatments. Dr. Stefan Thuroff, the Vice Chairman of the Department of Urology for the clinic claimed that the authors of the study agreed that 15 years of data “may warrant the possible closing of the investigational phase of whole gland HIFU. The confidence this study provides in the ability to ablate prostate cancer may also encourage the use of focal therapy”, suggesting that EDAP’s Ablatherm-HIFU may be extended to treat other related types of cancer.
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