Cryoablation is a prostate cancer treatment option that uses exposure to cold to freeze and destroy tumors. During the procedure, a surgeon uses liquid nitrogen, argon or another freezing gas to fill a probe and form a frozen tip. Using ultrasound guidance, the surgeon then brings the tip of the probe in contact with the prostate tumor to destroy the cells. Once the frozen cells thaw, the body is able to reabsorb the tissue. For residents of St. Petersburg, Florida, cryoablation to treat prostate cancer is available just across the bridge in Tampa at Moffitt Cancer Center.
Moffitt’s Urologic Oncology Program is made up of multispecialty cancer experts who collaborate as a tumor board to ensure each patient receives individualized attention and treatment. This team will determine if cryoablation or another prostate cancer treatment method is the right option for you. Cryoablation may be recommended for prostate cancer patients with:
- A low PSA (prostate specific antigen) level
- A Gleason score of six or lower
- A less advanced stage of cancer
At Moffitt, the experience that our cancer experts possess in performing cryoablation and other treatments contributes to better outcomes and an improved quality of life for our patients. Moffitt patients also benefit from a range of supportive care services that are available in the same location where they receive treatment. Moffitt can also provide assistance with finding local accommodations for individuals traveling from St. Petersburg, FL, or other out-of-town areas. Many hotels have partnered with us to provide discounted rates to patients and shuttle service to and from Moffitt.
Moffitt welcomes individuals from St. Petersburg, FL, and does not require a referral to schedule an appointment. If you would like to learn more about cryoablation and other prostate cancer treatment options available at Moffitt, fill out a new patient registration form online or call 1-888-663-3488.