Image-guided cancer ablation targets the tumor from within it. The tumor is destroyed using extreme microwave or radio-frequency heat or extreme cold via cryoablation. The procedure was developed in the 1990’s for liver cancer. It’s viability stands and it’s still used today to eliminate a variety of cancers throughout the body.
Research by Den Brok reveals the immune response associated with ablation. Cancer ablation functions like a “tumor vaccine.” It works to release your body’s immune response.
Ablation functions different than a typical vaccination approach. Traditional vaccinations inject a “killed” or weakened disease-causing agent into the body. Ablation actually “kills” the tumor from within and prompts the body’s immune system to target any additional cancer cells.
Studies demonstrate that ablation has greater potential to eliminate cancer than treating local tumors with surgery. The risk of death from cancer spreading (metastases) is reduced. Ablation is also an alternative to chemotherapy.
The immune response produced by ablation, combined with immunotherapy support such as Yervoy, Opdivo, and Keytruda, can create a strong and effective immune response. The results are revealed to eradicate cancer in the targeted area and even beyond the specific location.
The more we understand about your body’s immune system the more you’ll benefit from immunotherapy for cancer treatment – including immunotherapy for melanoma. Cancer can use your immune system and lock-down parts of it that would attack it.