Side effects of cryotherapy for prostate cancer may include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pain and swelling of the scrotum and penis
- Frequent urination
- Difficult or painful urination
- Blood in the urine
- Loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence)
- Bleeding or infection in area of procedure
Rarely, cryotherapy may significantly damage tissue and organs near the prostate gland, such as the rectum or bladder.
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