Cryotherapy for prostatic cancer

Foster K N
Record ID 32004000021
Authors' objectives:

This study aims to assess the effects of cryotherapy compared with conventional treatments in men with prostate cancer.

Authors' recommendations: We found no evidence that cryosurgery improved clinical outcomes. Weak evidence from methodologically flawed case series suggested that cryosurgery may reduce biochemical and histological markers of disease from pre-intervention levels, although the clinical importance of such a reduction is unclear. We found no controlled trials comparing cryosurgery with other treatments. Cryosurgery is associated with important adverse effects, particularly impotence, and remains an experimental treatment until well-designed randomised controlled trials provide evidence of its clinical effectiveness.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
URL for project:
Year Published: 2001
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
MeSH Terms
  • Cryotherapy
  • Prostatic Neoplasms
Organisation Name: Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development
Contact Address: Pauline King. Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development, Boldrewood Medical School, Bassett Crescent East, Highfield, Southampton. SO16 7PX Tel. +44 1703 595661 Fax +44 1703 595662
Copyright: Bazian Ltd, Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development
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