3 Further information

3.1 The Institute has issued guidance on urological cancer services, which includes prostate cancer. The Institute has also issued interventional procedures guidance on the use of cryotherapy for recurrent prostate cancer, laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and high-intensity focused ultrasound for prostate cancer.

3.2 Further recommendations have been made as part of the clinical guideline on prostate cancer published in February 2008.

Sources of evidence

The evidence considered by the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee is described in the following document.

'Interventional procedure overview of cryotherapy as a primary treatment for prostate cancer', October 2004.

Information for patients

NICE has produced information on this procedure for patients and carers. It explains the nature of the procedure and the guidance issued by NICE, and has been written with patient consent in mind.