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What are the risks of using cryotherapy to treat prostate cancer?

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Cryotherapy uses very cold temperatures to freeze and destroy cancer tissue. Some doctors say it may be a good option for returning cancer that’s limited to the prostate gland. But cryotherapy sometimes can fail to kill all of the cancer cells. So the prostate cancer may come back.

Cryotherapy also can lead to other problems, including:

In addition, the risks of cryotherapy are similar to other prostate cancer treatments. They include:

  • Injury to the urethra and bladder
  • Serious infections as a result of the injury
  • Obstruction or blockage of the urethra
  • Impotence
  • Incontinence
  • Recurrence of prostate cancer

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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