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Freezing Prostate Cancer Does a Man's Body Good
Date:3/9/2009

t realize that you can surgically remove the whole prostate and, in 20 percent of the cases, the cancer can be left (called a positive margin), said Onik, who works in consultation with urologists. Doctors should discuss cryoablation with patients early on, he advised, noting that recently the American Urological Association issued a best practice statement that indicated that cryotherapy is an option for men who have clinically organ-confined prostate cancer of any grade with negative metastatic evaluation. Since this interventional treatment is not widely known to doctors and patients, individuals will need to pursue it on their own, he added.

More information about prostate cancer, cryoablation and interventional radiology can be found online at www.SIRweb.org.

Abstract 75: "Focal Therapy for Prostate Cancer -- 120 Patients With Up to 12-Year Follow-up," G. Onik, Center for Safer Prostate Cancer Therapy, Orlando, Fla., SIR 34th Annual Scientific Meeting March 7-12, 2009.

Abstract 198: "3D Prostate Mapping Biopsy Has a Potentially Significant Impact on Prostate Cancer Management," G. Onik, M. Miessau; Center for Safer Prostate Cancer Therapy, Orlando, Fla., SIR 34th Annual Scientific Meeting March 7-12, 2009. Both abstracts can be found at www.SIRmeeting.org.

About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer, the most common non-skin cancer in America, forms in the tissues of the prostate (a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder and in front of the rectum). Prostate cancer affects one in six men, usually older men. As men age, the prostate may get bigger and block the urethra or bladder. This may cause difficulty in
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