Cryotherapy Treatment for Prostate Cancer Offered at Mercy

The Urology Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, diagnose and treat a variety of prostate conditions, such as prostate cancer. Our doctors offer patients advanced treatment options including cryotherapy.

What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy, also called cryosurgery, is a procedure used for treating a variety of benign and malignant lesions and tumors. The treatment applies extreme cold (produced by liquid nitrogen) to destroy abnormal or diseased tissues. It is often used to treat tumors inside the body, including prostate cancer.

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How is Cryotherapy performed?

For internal tumors, such as prostate cancer, liquid nitrogen is circulated through a hollow instrument to the tumor. Imaging equipment is used to guide the instrument and view the freezing treatment. After cryosurgery, frozen tissue thaws and is absorbed by the body or removed by the doctor.

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Who should receive Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is an alternative treatment for patients who are not candidates for traditional open surgery because of age or other medical conditions. It is a treatment plan used for cancerous conditions, like prostate cancer, alongside chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Cryotherapy is less invasive than surgery and may minimize pain, bleeding and other surgical complications for the patient.