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Are there advantages to using cryotherapy for prostate cancer?

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There are few long-term studies on cryotherapy and prostate cancer. Some experts believe, though, that cryotherapy offers several advantages over surgery and radiation. Those advantages may be particularly noticeable in early-stage prostate cancer. For instance, cryotherapy is a less invasive procedure. It can be done using an epidural or spinal tap instead of a general anesthesia. This may benefit older men with prostate cancer. It can also benefit men who have other conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease.

SOURCES:

RadiologyInfo.com: "Cryotherapy."

American Cancer Society: "Recurrent Prostate Cancer: Cryosurgery Offers 'Curative' Treatment."

Prostate Cancer Institute: "Cryotherapy for Prostate Cancer."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

RadiologyInfo.com: "Cryotherapy."

American Cancer Society: "Recurrent Prostate Cancer: Cryosurgery Offers 'Curative' Treatment."

Prostate Cancer Institute: "Cryotherapy for Prostate Cancer."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

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