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Devices Oncology Urology

 News Release - May 24, 2006

26 Cryoablation Studies Presented at National Urological Meeting

Physicians From America's Leading Medical Institutions Highlight Advances and Data for Both Prostate and kidney cancer Cryoablation Treatments

ATLANTA, May 24 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Endocare, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ENDO ), an innovative medical device company focused on the development of minimally invasive technologies for tissue and tumor ablation, announced today that 26 clinical studies and scientific papers related to cryoablation technology were presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) held in Atlanta, Georgia, May 20-25 at the Georgia World Conference Center.

The data, presented by doctors from such leading cancer institutions as the Mayo Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic, M.D. Anderson, Johns Hopkins, Columbia Presbyterian and Memorial Sloan-Kettering spanned the use of cryoablation for the primary treatment of prostate cancer, the treatment of prostate cancer for those whose cancer has returned following radiation therapy (salvage therapy), and the treatment of renal cancer.

In the area of prostate cancer treatment, the papers were highlighted by an 8-year study that involved using cryotherapy as a primary, or first-line, treatment on 182 men with prostate cancer with positive outcomes both in terms of effectiveness and morbidity (side-effects). After 8 years, survival rate was 100 percent, while 86 percent of follow-up biopsies showed no evidence of disease and ASTRO biochemical recurrence-free survival rate was 81 percent. This study also showed very few side effects, including only 2.2 percent incontinence, 2.3 percent rectal pain and no reported incidents of fistula following the procedure.

Additionally, in a marked increase over prior years, a total of 21 papers and abstracts related to the treatment of renal conditions using cryoablation were presented at the AUA Meeting. Combined, these studies involved more than 1,700 procedures and more than 100 physician/authors from leading healthcare institutions across the U.S. and abroad. The studies included multiple modalities including open surgery, and minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopic and MRI-guided percutaneous application.

More information including study authors, abstracts and summaries of the data can be accessed via a search engine on the AUA conference website at: F189DEDDB%7D

Endocare Chairman and CEO Craig T. Davenport stated, "We were, again, extremely pleased by the expanded clinical presence of cryoablation at this year's annual meeting of the AUA. The quality and quantity of studies is a tribute to the support and enthusiasm of the many physicians and institutions, some we know well and others who have taken the initiative to perform this important work on their own. We anticipate that physician awareness and interest in cryoablation will continue to increase as we work to promote the procedure and as physicians prove its clinical effectiveness over time."

About Endocare

Endocare, Inc. -- -- is an innovative medical device company focused on the development of minimally invasive technologies for tissue and tumor ablation. Endocare has initially concentrated on developing technologies for the treatment of prostate cancer and believes that its proprietary technologies have broad applications across a number of markets, including the ablation of tumors in the kidney, lung and liver.

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Source: Endocare

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