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Prostate cancer is being found more commonly these days and so are the ways to take care of it.  As technology advances, so do the remedies for things that many thought might never be fixable in the past.  Prostate cancer is very unlikely in a younger male, but once you reach the age of 50, things are going to be a little different.  Getting frequent checks by your doctor will help you keep tabs on the prostate and could provide useful information should things start to change and you are required to prepare for cancer treatment.  There are some experts that say you can just cut the problem out if the tumor did not get around to the rest of your body, while others would like to treat with hormones in the early stages with hopes of preventing an increase in the tumor size.

For those that are not to keen on getting chemotherapy, there might be another option for you according to reports.  There were recent headlines made by a doctor that treated stage 2 prostate cancer by freezing it, or using Cryosurgery.  Some doctors might still think of Cryosurgery as an experimental operation, thus leading to the option not being mentioned all that much.  Some urologists confirm that early studies do suggest the Cryosurgery will work for men that have very early stage prostate cancer that is confined to a very small area of the prostate.  For those that did not respond well to radiation therapy, the Cryosurgery procedure has also proved to be a success according to doctors.  Cryosurgery, or also known as cryoablation, works by freezing the cancer cells inside the prostate gland.  The procedure is quite simple and includes a doctor inserting many hollow needles into the prostate gland and pumping intensely cold gasses through the needles.

This allows the doctor to freeze the cancer cells inside the prostate.  The doctor would then use an ultrasound machine to get a picture of the prostate gland and that allows the doctor to find the cancer cells that need to be frozen.  For the procedure you would either be put to sleep or be given a spinal anesthesia to keep you numb during it.  Follow up biopsies would be needed to ensure your cancer has been cured.  Prostate cancer affects millions of men and according to studies, more than 75 percent of those treated this way did not experience any progression within 36 months of the operation.  There can be some side effects to the Cryosurgery process, including erectile dysfunction or urinary incontinence, but those things are happening in a very small percentage of those that underwent Cryosurgery.

One of the biggest advantages to the Cryosurgery process is that you can work on a very small area in the body without damaging anything else around it.  There is also less blood loss, decreased levels of pain during and afterwards and shorter hospital stays.  Being able to go through a short procedure, without chemotherapy, having less pain and being able to head home to the family earlier than normal, are all very positive things to Cryosurgery.  On the other side of the coin, there is not enough research done to calculate any bad things that could come from Cryosurgery, or whether or not it will be more effective than chemotherapy.  Even though there has not been that many studies into the side effects, one for sure is erectile dysfunction for almost 45 percent of those treated by Cryosurgery.  If you are in the early stages of prostate cancer, this is certainly a viable option, but might not be one that you can count on your doctor suggesting.

The pros for Cryosurgery include having a smaller procedure, less blood loss and discomfort, getting home to your family sooner and not having to use chemotherapy to treat the cancer.  For those that get the prostate cancer diagnosed early enough the freezing of the cancer cells is certainly an option.  If the cancer has spread further than the prostate, then Cryosurgery is not going to be an option.  This is why it is important to get regular checks on your prostate, especially if you are 50 years or older.


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