Physicians at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 35th Annual Scientific Meeting in Tampa, FL announced that they have treated men using magnetic resonance-guided heat (laser interstitial thermal therapy) or cold (cryoablation) to treat prostate cancer recurrence after surgical removal of the prostate gland. Many of these men have already failed salvage radiation treatment.

It is hoped that MR-guided focal therapy can offer a new treatment choice for men because of the improved detection of early prostate cancer recurrences that might be able to be seen with MR imaging. (my note- most early recurrences can not be detected by MRIs.)

“Magnetic resonance-guided ablation may prove to be a promising new treatment for prostate cancer recurrences; it tailors treatment modality (imaging) and duration to lesion size and location and provides a less invasive and minimally traumatic alternative for men,” said David A. Woodrum, M.D., Ph.D., an interventional radiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “The safe completion of four clinical cases using M