What Is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment for prostate cancer that works by freezing the area with the cancer cells. 


Who Is Cryotherapy Treatment Suitable For?

Cryotherapy treatment is sometimes suitable to treat men with localised prostate cancer that has not spread beyond their prostate gland.  It is not suitable for:


How Does Cryotherapy Treatment Work?

Cryotherapy is performed by a urologist, the procedure lasts approximately one hour as follows:


How Long Does A Cryotherapy Session Take?

A cryotherapy procedure takes approximately 60-75mins.  Generally the patient is able to go home the same day.


How Long Does Cryotherapy Take To Work? 

As the cells die at the time of the procedure, cryotherapy treatment technically is instant.   The follow up is done with blood tests and MRI scan in 10-12 weeks to assess the results.


What Are The Benefits Of Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy benefits when comparing to other prostate cancer treatments, such as surgery or radiotherapy are:

What Are The Side Effects Of Cryotherapy? 

 The side effects of cryotherapy can include

It is rare for cryotherapy to cause

Does Cryotherapy Treatment Hurt?

Cyrotherapy does not hurt as the patient is under general anaesthesia, however there can be general discomfort afterwards due to the catheter, but this normally subsides after 24-48 hours.


Can Cryotherapy Make You Sick?

No, cryotherapy cannot make you sick.


How To Prepare For Cryotherapy

There is no specific preparation required for cryotherapy but as with any other surgical procedure under anaesthesia, you must refrain from eating and drinking 6 hours before the procedure.