Freezing tumors … a promising new treatment for breast cancer


A first-of-its-kind study suggests that slow-growing breast cancers can be treated with highly targeted tumor freezing technology, eliminating the need for surgery.
Tests indicate that this technique is effective in women with low-risk breast cancer, over the age of 60.

“Cryoablation is a solution that destroys breast tumors safely, quickly and without pain, or the need for surgery,” said study author Dr. Richard Vine, a breast surgeon at the Western Cancer Research Center and Research Institute in Germantown, Tennessee, USA.
“This procedure exposes the diseased tissues to extreme cold to destroy them, in the clinic, without the need for anesthesia,” he added.
The new study, which included nearly 200 women, found that after the low-risk breast cancer was removed, the patients remained cancer-free for 3 years.

Fine noted that this treatment can also be used to treat cancers of the bones, kidneys, prostate and other types.
According to the researchers, unlike traditional lumpectomy or mastectomy, cryoectomy maintains breast size and reduces the risk of infection, avoiding scarring, while allowing patients to quickly resume their normal activity, according to the UPI website.


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