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Published Online: 31 January 2007

Salvage Cryosurgery for Recurrent Prostate Carcinoma after Radiotherapy

Publication: Journal of Endourology
Volume 21, Issue Number 1


Cryotherapy is a salvage treatment for patients with biopsy-proved prostatic adenocarcinoma recurrent after radiotherapy. Proper sampling, labeling, and analysis of prostate biopsies allows prompt diagnosis, identification of important prognostic parameters, and planning of an appropriate therapeutic strategy. Whereas androgen-suppressive therapy is associated with only a temporary benefit, transperineal salvage cryosurgery offers a potentially curative option for patients with localized disease, even those with significant comorbidities. Technological advances, including computerized treatment planning and miniaturized cryoprobes, may provide further therapeutic advantages and lower complication rates. Cryotherapy should be included among the established therapeutic options for recurrence after radiotherapy.

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cover image Journal of Endourology
Journal of Endourology
Volume 21Issue Number 1January 2007
Pages: 1 - 7
PubMed: 17263599


Published online: 31 January 2007
Published in print: January 2007


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Andrea B. Galosi
Department of Urology, Polytechnic University of Marche Region, AOU Ospedali Riuniti, Ancona, Italy.
Franco Lugnani
Urology, Villa Salus Hospital, Trieste, Italy.
Giovanni Muzzonigro
Department of Urology, School of Medicine, Polytechnic University of Marche Region, Az. Ospedaliero-Universitaria Ospedali Riuniti, Ancona, Italy.

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