Cryosurgery for prostate cancer

Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
Record ID 31998008933
Authors' objectives: This report has been prepared in response to a request for an update on the status of cryosurgery as a treatment for prostatic cancer, in relation to reimbursement issues. There was interest in whether the procedure is still considered experimental or in the research stage.
Authors' recommendations: Cryosurgery for prostate cancer is a technology whose efficacy has yet to be established. The only long-term results available were obtained from studies which used older technology which is no longer in use. Short-term results from studies using current techniques are promising, but longer-term follow-up and, crucially, better quality studies are needed to establish the place of the technology. The overall situation is similar to that for another treatment for prostate cancer, brachytherapy, where good quality studies and long-term follow-up data are not available for currently-used techniques.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1998
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Cryosurgery
  • Prostatic Neoplasms
Organisation Name: Institute of Health Economics
Contact Address: 1200, 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 3N4. Tel: +1 780 448 4881; Fax: +1 780 448 0018;
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