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Cryotherapy for prostate cancer

An exciting new development in the treatment of prostate cancer which is minimally invasive and so has fewer complications than surgery.

Cryotherapy aims to eradicate prostate cancer by actually freezing the prostate cells. Guided by ultrasound the doctor inserts needles into the prostate gland. These produce very cold temperatures. Freezing destroys the entire prostate, including cancerous tissue.

Cryotherapy for skin lesions

Cryotherapy is also a common treatment for skin lesions. The idea is to freeze the abnormal lesion and a small amount of surrounding normal skin. When the frozen cells subsequently thaw out, the skin cells essentially die and regenerate themselves over time.

There are many ways to effect the treatment. The commonest method uses liquid nitrogen which drops the temperature of skin quickly to way below freezing point. The nitrogen is applied through a "gun" that sprays the liquid onto the skin or it is applied with a cotton bud or similar.

It is very commonly used to treat sun spots which are premalignant skin lesions caused by sun exposure and damage from Cryotherapy occurs only on the surface layer of the skin called the epidermis.

After Cryotherapy, blistering and redness often occur and the site can look quite ugly for a week or more, the area can look like it had been burned. In time new fresh skin cells grow out and regenerate the area that was treated.

Cryotherapy is also used for lesions unrelated to sun damage, such as warts or skin tags.

Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good
Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370919
Overall rating Outstanding
Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
Overall rating Good
Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
Overall rating Good
Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
Overall rating Good
Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
Overall rating Good
Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
Overall rating Good
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

Self Pay Enquiries 0300 131 1401
Switchboard 01483 555800
Overall rating Good
Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
Overall rating Outstanding
Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

Enquiries 0300 1311416
Overall rating Good
Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
Overall rating Good
Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

Enquiries 0300 131 1400
Overall rating Good
York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
Overall rating Good

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