3 Further information

3.1 The Institute has issued interventional procedure guidance on: high-intensity focused ultrasound for prostate cancer, cryotherapy for recurrent prostate cancer, cryotherapy as a primary treatment for prostate cancer, low dose rate brachytherapy for localised prostate cancer and high dose rate brachytherapy in combination with external-beam radiotherapy for localised prostate cancer.

3.2 The Institute is also developing a clinical guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer (Now published as 'Prostate cancer: diagnosis and treatment').

Andrew Dillon
Chief Executive
November 2006

Sources of evidence

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

'Interventional procedure overview of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy', April 2006.

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.