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Prostate cryotherapy

Published on 04 March 2020

Cryotherapy is a treatment that uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy cancer cells in the prostate. The service sits within the urology department of Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow.

When do patients need cryotherapy prostate cancer treatment?

The service provides salvage cryotherapy if patients have prostate cancer that recurs. Before that, they will usually receive primary radical radiation treatment. This might involve:

  • external beam radiotherapy – when beams of high-energy x-rays target the cancer
  • brachytherapy – an internal procedure that uses radioactive implants

Following a recent service review, the national Prostate Cryotherapy Service will be decomissioned. This will occur by the end of March 2020.

Lead clinician

Professor Hing Leung, Professor of Urology & Surgical Oncology

NSD contact

Programme Manager, Karen Roberts – – 0131 2756757


Gartnavel General Hospital
1053 Great Western Road
G12 0YN