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I am a retired general surgeon, so when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I really researched my treatment options. I consulted with two university hospitals on radiation and surgery. I had seen complications from radiation in my own practice, so I wanted to avoid radiation.
As a surgeon, I wasn’t opposed to surgery. But because I had heart disease, I wanted the treatment that would put the least stress on my body. And cryotherapy is easier on the body than either radiation or surgery, which is why I chose cryotherapy.
Modern cryotherapy techniques, with temperature monitoring and ultrasound imaging, help to reduce complications such as incontinence. And I never had any incontinence. I used a catheter for about three or four weeks, and it was easy to tolerate.
I found that cryotherapy really didn’t take a lot out of me. I went on a long trip to New Zealand about three months after the procedure, and I was fine.
As both a patient and a doctor, I think any urologist who is treating prostate cancer should consider cryotherapy. It has become so safe and effective, and it’s a very important option to offer their patients.