Long Term Results of Optimized Focal Cryotherapy
These days, there is a lot of interest in using focal therapy for prostate cancer. There are a number of modalities to achieve the destruction of the tumor locally within the prostate. Obviously with better identifying and targeting the location of the tumor within the prostate gland, there is less likelihood to injure important tissue outside the prostate. Therefore ,there is a great benefit in avoiding complication like impotence or incontinence and improve quality of life.
But there are still important questions to ask:
How well is the destruction of the tumor achieved?
What is the long term data to demonstrate eradication of the tumor?
In Dr. Gary Onik article, described in the video below, there is information about follow up of 10 years with good results of achieving destruction of the tumor. Side effects were also very minimal.
This put the Focal Cryoablation of the prostate in an appealing position of choice to patients who are candidates for Active Surveillance or Radical Treatments. The focal cryotherapy provides the quality of life of active surveillance with the same outcome that radical treatments provide.
The focal Cryoablation of the prostate is the only treatment modality that has this length of follow up with excellent results of disease free survivals and overall survivals.