The history of cryosurgery in Canada: A tale of two cities

  • Joseph L. Chin Urology Division, Department of Surgery, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Brian J. Donnelly Department of Surgery, University of Calgary, Calgary Regional Health Authority, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Shiva M. Nair Urology Division, Department of Surgery, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Arnon Lavi Urology Division, Department of Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, London, ON, Canada
Keywords: Prostate cancer, Cryoablation, Salvage therapy

Abstract

Although not commonly available in Canada, cryosurgery (cryoablation) for prostate cancer has been practiced in many countries. The field of cryoablation has evolved significantly over the past 30 years. Two prostate cryoablation programs were started in Canada in the early 1990s, in London, ON and Calgary, AB, focusing, respectively, on salvage therapy following radiation failure and primary local treatment. This article chronicles the development of the two programs and outlines the scientific and clinical contributions by investigators at the two centers.

Published
2020-06-16
How to Cite
Chin, J., Donnelly, B., Nair, S., & Lavi, A. (2020). The history of cryosurgery in Canada: A tale of two cities. Canadian Urological Association Journal, 14(10), 299-304. https://doi.org/10.5489/cuaj.6625
Section
Uro-History