Pioneering breast cancer treatment turns tumour into 'ball of ice'

London, Mon, 10 Dec 2012 ANI

London, December 10 (ANI): Breast cancer patients may no longer need to go through painful surgery, thanks to a new technique that destroys cancerous tumours by freezing them.

In this pioneering treatment, a supercooled needle tip is repeatedly inserted into the cancerous tissue to turn it into a ball of ice, before it is then defrosted, leaving the tumour damaged, the Daily Mail reported.

The technique, which requires no anaesthesia, can be completed in about 15 minutes and could provide a better alternative to the current method of surgery that requires women to stay in hospital for up to a week and can leave scars.

Thirty breast cancer patients are currently trialling the system, which uses a needle cooled to -170C (-274F) by pumping liquid nitrogen through a network of tiny tubes.

The surgeon can control the size of the ice ball produced to ensure it freezes the entire tumour in a procedure known as cryoablation.

Scientists from the Israel-based company IceCure Medical, which developed the device, say it could be used on cancerous masses up to the size of a golf ball.

"There have been attempts before to use heat to destroy cancer cells like this, but that can be extremely painful because our bodies are very sensitive to heat," the paper quoted chief executive Hezi Himmelfarb as telling The Sunday Telegraph.

"Cold has an anaesthetising effect, so the patients feel very little pain during or after the procedure.

"We have developed the system so it can be carried out in a normal doctors' surgery as it is minimally invasive and relatively quick," Himmelfarb added.

The device has already been approved for use in the United States and IceCure is hopeful of getting European approval next year.

They believe cryoablation could also be used to treat kidney, prostate and liver cancer. (ANI)



Read More: Israel | Lady Harding Medical College | Medical College | Gsvm Medical College | Medical College Po | B.r.d Medical College | Mlb Medical College So | Medical Campus | Govt. Medical College | Guntur Medical College | St. John's Medical College | Madras Medical College | Kilpauk Medical College | Thanjavur Medical College So | Pariyaram Medical College | Calicut Medical College Mdg | Alappuzha Medical College | R.g.kar Medical College Po | Assam Medical College | Silchar Medical College

LATEST IMAGES
Models wearing Shree Raj Mahal Jewelers Jewelery Gaurav Gupta and Shraddha Kapoor at Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week 2014 Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week 2014 Where to buy Samsung Galaxy S5? Samsung Galaxy S5
MORE...
Social bookmark this page



Post comments:
Your Name (*) :
Your Email :
Your Phone :
Your Comment (*):
  Reload Image
 
 

Comments: