Many prostate cancer patients from West Palm Beach, Florida, receive surgical treatment, such as cryoablation of the prostate, from the experienced, fellowship-trained surgeons at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, Moffitt has highly specialized surgical teams that use state-of-the-art technology to provide the most innovative and effective procedures possible. Additionally, our oncologists specializing in prostate cancer meet weekly as a tumor board to review each patient’s progress and refine the treatment plan as necessary. All of our diagnostic procedures, treatment options and supportive care services are available in a single location, providing our patients with convenient access to the individualized care they need.
When is cryoablation used to treat prostate cancer?
For some patients, our tumor board may recommend cryoablation of the prostate. Cryoablation, also known as cryotherapy or cryosurgery, is a form of treatment that may be recommended to treat early-stage prostate cancer or as a secondary treatment option when a malignant tumor cannot be completely removed through surgery. The procedure involves the very precise freezing of the prostate to destroy the cancer cells.
Some advantages of cryosurgery, as compared to traditional approaches, include:
- Small incisions – Unlike traditional prostate surgeries, cryotherapy is a minimally invasive technique that uses small tubes to convey gases for freezing and thawing.
- Epidural or spinal anesthesia – Cryosurgery can be performed with local anesthetics rather than general anesthesia, which may be beneficial for older men who have conditions like diabetes, heart disease or lung disease.
- Short recovery time – Because of the less invasive nature of this procedure, hospital stays are usually only a few nights and overall recovery time is significantly shorter than that associated with traditional approaches. Cryotherapy also typically involves less blood loss, swelling and pain than standard surgeries.
Patients from West Palm Beach and the surrounding Florida areas can also receive travel assistance when coming to Moffitt for expert surgical care. We have partnered with trusted hotels located nearby to reduce the stress of travel and finding accommodations, so that our patients can focus more on receiving the care and treatment they need. Not only do our hotel partners offer discounted rates to our patients, but they also meet or exceed our stringent hygiene standards and infection control guidelines to ensure the safety and peace of mind of our patients.
Anyone from West Palm Beach, FL, who is seeking more information on cryoablation of the prostate or other prostate cancer treatment options can call 1-888-663-3488 or register online to become a new patient without the need of a referral.