Prostate Cancer: outpatient procedure vs. surgery

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PROSTATE CANCER: Minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment that freezes prostate tumors proves as effective as surgery but without the side effects of sexual and urinary dysfunction. The so called “male lumpectomy” can be considered a first-line treatment for patients of all risk levels. Instead of removing the entire prostate or using radiation on the entire prostate, interventional radiologists can find out where the cancer is and just destroy the cancer. With cryoablation, interventional radiologists insert a probe through the skin, using imaging to guide the needle to the tumor; the probe then circulates extremely cold gas to freeze and destroy the cancerous tissue.

Treating only the tumor instead of the whole prostate gland is a major and profound departure from the current thinking about prostate cancer. Additionally, the use of a 3-D mapping biopsy provides superior information on the extent and grade of prostate cancer as opposed to the current standard TRUS biopsy. Prostate cancer affects one in six men, usually 40 or older. Currently more than 2 million men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and 30,000 die annually.

KIDNEY CANCER: Freezing kidney tumors, using a safe minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment that kills the cancer 100 percent effectively without surgery, should be the first treatment option for all individuals with tumors that are 4 centimeters or smaller, and this treatment is a viable option for people with larger tumors. Interventional cryoablation is as effective as laparoscopic surgery, the current gold standard treatment. Eliminating cancer at such an early stage is significant news for kidney cancer patients.

Interventional cryoablation is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Patients leave the hospital with only a bandaid and return to normal activity almost immediately vs. the current common treatment of laparoscopic surgery with several days in the hospital and two to four weeks of recovery. Kidney cancer is the eighth most common cancer in men and the tenth in women.


Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments that offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to surgery. News about the success of interventional cryoablation was released at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego.

Interventional radiologists performing the prostate cancer treatment, the 3-D mapping biopsy and the kidney cancer treatment as well as bites with doctors and patients.


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