Until now, your prostate has given you little cause for concern. But now that you’re older, it’s commanding attention. You have benign prostatic hyperplasia, and your prostate—normally as small as a walnut—is now the size of a baseball, and it’s wreaking havoc on your lifestyle. You wake up several times
Surgery for prostate cancer is a common treatment choice for men who are in good overall health and who have early stage prostate cancer. This would include men whose prostate cancer is localized to the prostate (stage T1 or T2 cancers) or to the prostate and seminal vesicles (stage T3
Most men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer are given the choice of closely monitoring their disease with active surveillance or undergoing curative therapy with surgery, external-beam radiation or radioactive seed implants (brachytherapy).
But a Cleveland Clinic expert says patients should be aware of another option that may not always be mentioned
As your prostate grows, so does your frustration. You wake up multiple times a night and trek to the bathroom. When you travel, you have to pull over every few miles for a restroom break. Or, you might struggle to urinate, or feel like you never fully empty your bladder.
Cryoablation, also called cryotherapy or cryosurgery, is a relatively new treatment option for prostate cancer. Although the original technique was developed in the 1960s and has been modified over time, widespread use of cryoablation for prostate cancer did not occur until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its use
The glandular cells of the prostate play an important role in reproduction, producing the fluids that help make up semen. These tiny cells also serve as the birthplace for nearly all prostate cancers. Genes in these cells slowly mutate, leading to the formation of abnormal cells. The cells proliferate and