Category: Other Treatments

Potential Complications of Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy, or freezing, is a method of destroying prostate cancer by subjecting the prostate gland to the extreme temperature of -40° Celsius. The procedure, done under anesthesia, consists of using ultrasound image guidance to insert thin hollow needles into the prostate gland through the perineum (skin between the scrotum and anus). When argon gas is keep reading

Can Prostatectomy Spread Prostate Cancer?

To be honest, the question does not have a clear answer. I read one journal article in which “surgical manipulation” of the prostate gland during radical prostatectomy (RP) increased the number of circulating tumor cells (CTCs, or breakaway tumor cells into blood circulation); it was proven by comparing blood samples before and during surgery. Then keep reading

Concern Regarding Radiation Overuse

Here’s a little quiz: Which whole gland therapy for prostate cancer has the highest risk of recurrence? Radical prostatectomy Radiation therapy Cryotherapy of the whole gland HIFU of the whole gland If you answered radiation, you are correct. According to a recent article, the rate of prostate cancer coming back after conventional external beam radiation keep reading

Telling the Truth About Post-Radiation Sexual Problems

Radiation treatments for prostate cancer are used in many different forms, both beam radiation and seed implants: EBRT (External Beam Radiation Therapy IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) 3D-CRT (3D Conformal Radiation Therapy) SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy) Proton beam Brachytherapy (radioactive seed implants, either permanent or a single treatment of high dose rate brachytherapy, or keep reading
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