Alternate Therapies for Prostate Cancer

Your Integrated Care Team may recommend one or more alternate therapies for your early-stage prostate cancer if you are not a good candidate for surgery or radiation. These alternate therapies may be recommended in some cases as a salvage therapy for patients whose cancer has returned.

Cryosurgery

In this procedure, your physician will insert steel probes through your skin between your anus and rectum into your prostate. Liquid nitrogen is pumped through the probes to freeze all prostate cells, both healthy and cancerous. The dead cells are absorbed and eliminated by your body.

Androgen Deprivation Therapy

Prostate cell growth is stimulated by the androgens (male hormones) testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. Androgen deprivation therapy is a means of controlling prostate cancer by limiting prostate cell growth by using drugs or surgery to block the production of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone.

Androgen deprivation therapy doesn’t cure prostate cancer, but it can halt its progression.

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