This fact sheet is for men who are thinking about having cryotherapy to treat their prostate cancer.

Cryotherapy is a way of treating prostate cancer that uses freezing and thawing to kill the cancer cells in the prostate gland. You may be offered cryotherapy if your cancer is contained inside the prostate and you’re otherwise fit and healthy.

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This fact sheet is for men who are thinking about having cryotherapy to treat their prostate cancer.

Cryotherapy is a way of treating prostate cancer that uses freezing and thawing to kill the cancer cells in the prostate gland. You may be offered cryotherapy if your cancer is contained inside the prostate and you’re otherwise fit and healthy.

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