Cryoablation of Prostate for Treatment of
We have been performing Cryoablation of the prostate since
1994. In July of 1999, Medicare approved Cryoablation for
primary treatment of prostate cancer. Recently Medicare
approved Cryoablation of the prostate as salvage therapy for
Roper Hospital in Charleston has been a leader in this
therapy and has been designated as one of over 50 centers in
the USA qualified for the procedure. We use the Endocare Argon
system which provides not only the Cryo probes but also Thermal
probes placed in precise anatomical areas allowing accurate formation of the
ice ball while preserving vital organs and functions.
The latest data on Cryoablation of the Prostate indicates
that in early cancer of the prostate the patient has
approximately an 84-88% chance of cure. The data is
available for 10 years now. In Charleston at Roper
Hospital, over 249 cases have been done and we are gathering the
data on all cases with at least a 5 year follow-up. The
early analysis of the data is very promising revealing 84% of
all the cases done have a PSA less than 2.
Dr. Derrick is a
former consultant for Endocare and traveled to many other hospitals to assist
other urologist with their first few cryoablations of the
prostate. Since 2005, Dr. Derrick has changed his
practice to primarily office practice. He is still
available for new patients, consultations, and second opinions.
For additional information about Cryoablation of the
Prostate, go to www.cryocarepca.org.