Side effects of cryotherapy for prostate cancer can include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pain and swelling of the scrotum and penis
- Frequent, difficult or painful urination
- Blood in your urine
- Loss of bladder control
- Bleeding or infection in the area treated
Rarely, side effects can include:
- Injury to the rectum
- Blockage of the tube (urethra) that carries urine out of the body
- Infection or inflammation of the pubic bone
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