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How does cryotherapy for prostate cancer work?

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Cryotherapy kills cancer cells by freezing them. Your doctor will put small needles or probes into your prostate to deliver very cold gasses that destroy the cells.

It’s uncertain how well this technique works. Scientists haven’t done much long-term research that focuses on using it to treat prostate cancer. It's usually not the first treatment option a doctor recommends.

From: Your Treatment Options WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for prostate cancer," "Cryotherapy for prostate cancer," "Expectant management, watchful waiting, and active surveillance for prostate cancer," "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer," "How is prostate cancer treated?" "Preventing and treating prostate cancer spread to bones," "Surgery for prostate cancer," "Vaccine treatment for prostate cancer."

CDC: "How is prostate cancer treated?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Cryotherapy for Prostate Conditions."

National Cancer Institute: "Cancer Vaccines," "Treatment Choices for Men With Early-Stage Prostate Cancer."

UptoDate.com: "Patient information: Prostate cancer treatment; stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Urology Care Foundation: "Chemotherapy," "Hormonal Therapy," "How is Prostate Cancer Treated?"

UpToDate: “Cryotherapy and other ablative techniques for the initial treatment of prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 7, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for prostate cancer," "Cryotherapy for prostate cancer," "Expectant management, watchful waiting, and active surveillance for prostate cancer," "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer," "How is prostate cancer treated?" "Preventing and treating prostate cancer spread to bones," "Surgery for prostate cancer," "Vaccine treatment for prostate cancer."

CDC: "How is prostate cancer treated?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Cryotherapy for Prostate Conditions."

National Cancer Institute: "Cancer Vaccines," "Treatment Choices for Men With Early-Stage Prostate Cancer."

UptoDate.com: "Patient information: Prostate cancer treatment; stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Urology Care Foundation: "Chemotherapy," "Hormonal Therapy," "How is Prostate Cancer Treated?"

UpToDate: “Cryotherapy and other ablative techniques for the initial treatment of prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 7, 2018

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