Topic: Cryoablation

Prostate Cryoablation in Taiwan

Chung-Hsin Chen, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Urology at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, discusses prostate cryoablation in Taiwanese patients. Chen addresses considerations for patient selection regarding prostate cryoablation, including indications as well as absolute and relative contraindications. Following this, he describes the mechanisms of cryoablation and proactive rectal warming probes, giving examples of what treatment plans might look like. Finally, he examines the effects of cryoablation as indicated by several studies, focusing on three main points: the oncological outcomes of Taiwanese patients are similar to the cryo online data (COLD) registry, the oncological outcomes of cryoablation is similar to radical prostatectomy in his group’s research, and most post-cryoablation complications were preventable or reducible.

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The Pros of Focal Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Jeffrey A. Jones, MD, argues that although radical therapy leads to better oncological control than focal therapy, focal therapy may be more appropriate for certain prostate cancer patients in order to mitigate adverse effects. He examines oncological and quality of life outcomes of localized therapies, specifically cryotherapy and high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).

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