Promising technologies for the treatment of prostate cancer

Published: May, 2008

Editor in Chief Marc B. Garnick, M.D., discusses cryotherapy, HIFU, and focal therapies, possible treatments that need more study

Thanks to widespread prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, most men diagnosed with prostate cancer today have small, low-grade tumors confined to the prostate gland. In fact, these tumors are so tiny that they don't cause symptoms and can't be felt during a digital rectal examination. Since many of them grow so slowly that they never cause a problem, men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer face questions for which there are no easy answers: Should the cancer be treated? If so, when and how should it be treated?

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