is given for recurrent prostate cancer. When first line
therapy fails to eliminate prostate cancer, salvage
therapy is started. Most prostate cancer treatments
can be used for both salvage therapy and first line
therapy. Chemotherapy, on the other hand, is usually
used only as a salvage treatment for prostate cancer.
When prostatectomy is used as a first line treatment,
the patient is no longer eligible for cryotherapy or
brachytherapy due to insufficient tissue. Cryotherapy
is becoming more commonly used after radiation therapy
fails because cryotherapy uses freezing temperatures
rather than more radiation and is also minimally invasive.