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Though it's one of the more easily fought types of cancer, prostate cancer continues to be a focal point for newer and better procedures. Cryotherapy is one such procedure that has gained ground in the medical world, and I'm pleased to say that I've seen its success in many instances. Perhaps you're wondering just what cryotherapy is, and whether it's right for you.

First, to know if cryotherapy is a good fit for you, you must understand how it works. As with most treatments for prostate cancer, there is a level of invasiveness to the procedure; a thin probe is inserted into the prostate, through which liquid nitrogen or argon gas are sent through. Due to the high levels of cold temperatures that accompany these elements, the prostate is frozen and the cancerous tissue is destroyed. Of course, other tools are used to help isolate the area of concern, and therefore the extreme cold is not destroying tissues that are vital for function.

As to whether the procedure is right for you, there are studies that show just how it benefits people with certain disorders and diseases. Since the procedure is minimally invasive, and therefore doesn't require surgery, the treatment is great for those who have problems with surgery in general. This list includes the elderly, diabetic men, heart disease patients, or even those afflicted with lung disease. If you have any one of these problems, then the cryotherapy procedure might be more to your liking than surgery.

While the lack of surgery is enough benefit for most to choose cryotherapy, there are other benefits that aren't as obvious when going through the procedure. First and foremost, there is less blood loss in the cryotherapy treatment, and as a result, patients with thin blood concerns can rest more easily. Another benefit is for those who have problems staying in hospitals; cryotherapy has a very quick recovery period, and therefore the need to stay in hospice is shortened to one or two nights. For those who aren't particularly keen on dealing with hospitals, I strongly advise seeking out cryotherapy as an option.

Ultimately, the procedure's minimally invasive nature is what makes it a huge draw for patients. If you're someone who has symptoms of, or even the actual diseases mentioned above, then cryotherapy might be right for you as an alternative to surgery. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns about the treatment, I'm willing to discuss the procedure more in depth with you.

Richard Lotenfoe Written on Monday, 28 April 2014 20:55 by Richard Lotenfoe

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