The Evolution of Breast Cancer Treatment with Cryoablation

Being told you have breast cancer prompts a long list of questions. And selecting a treatment for breast cancer is among the first questions you might have.

Surgery?

Chemotherapy?

These questions and more can create as much fear and stress as they do confusion when you’ve received a breast cancer diagnosis.

Another treatment option to consider

New treatment solutions also invite a variety of questions. But the answers that surround cryoablation for breast cancer deliver much needed hope.

Think of cryoablation as putting your tumor(s) in a deep freeze. Even more is it’s ability to eliminate cancer cells on the spot!

And unlike common surgical procedures for breast cancer, your recovery period with cryoablation can be minutes not months.

Here are the basic

Guided by imaging (ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI), cryoablation inserts a special freezing probe (a type of catheter) through the skin and to the tumor to be treated. 1

Keep in mind that how cryoablation is used will vary from one cancer treatment facility to another.

Inside the breast tumor, the cryoablation device (probe) delivers liquid nitrogen to actually freeze and destroy the cancerous tissue. On the technical side, the freezing process can span six to eight minutes at temperatures of 40 degrees below zero and colder.

The treated area is allowed to thaw for approximately 10 minutes. Then another six to eight minute freeze is applied.

The probe will be removed, the tiny incision is covered and you go home! Start to finish, your cryoablation procedure can be completed in less than 30 minutes.

And in most cases there’s

  • No hospital stay
  • No sedation
  • No scar
  • No pain

Follow-up is common every six months during the first five years post treatment. Annual check-ups are sufficient after the initial follow-up period.

Results and advantages worth considering

With cryoablation, several observational studies have demonstrated a higher survival rate among patients with stage IV breast cancer in whom the primary tumor is completely excised at the time of diagnosis. 2

The proven safety and effectiveness of cryoablation for breast cancer treatment is worthy of your questions. A consultation will answer your questions and provide a thorough overview of the procedure for treating your specific condition.

Contact us about cancer treatment solutions including cryoablation for breast cancer. Schedule a consultation to be informed about your non-surgical cancer treatment options.

  1. https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/recur_metast/treat_metast/options/surgery
  2. https://interventionalnews.com/cryoablation-allows-safe-and-effective-local-control-of-breast-cancer

A Cancer Treatment Advantage with Ablation Therapy

Feeling confused and uninformed about cancer treatment is understandable. It’s our desire to help eliminate the confusion and inform you about effective treatment solutions, including cancer ablation.

On that subject, you might have heard about ablation therapy. If you have, you’re at an advantage.

Ablation therapy 101

Basically, cancer ablation uses heat or cold to eliminate (ablate) cancer tumors. The upside is that the procedure works without more invasive surgery.

Ablation therapy targets your tumor directly. Special probes guide the treatment with precision to your tumor with the assistance of imaging technology.

You will experience minimal pain and discomfort throughout your treatment. And your recovery time will be be much less than that following surgery or radiation treatment.

You will probably be able to have your treatment without hospitalization. Ablation therapy can also be used along with other chosen cancer treatments.

Ablation by name

Cryoablation

This non-invasive ablation therapy actually freezes the tumor. Cancerous tissue is destroyed (ablated) by lowering the tumor’s internal temperature to below freezing.

Cryotherapy is effective for treating prostate cancer and kidney cancers. Get fully informed about the use of cryoablation prior to treating your specific type of cancer.

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)

Radio waves are guided directly into the tumor. The tissue is heated until it is ablated (destroyed).

RFA is successful with small, localized tumors. It’s used to treat a variety of cancers such as

  • Bone cancer RFA can reduce cancer pain associated with its spread to other areas.
  • Liver cancer RFA can be combined with targeted chemotherapy to treat various liver cancers.
  • Lung cancer and kidney cancer these can be effectively treated with radio frequency ablation also.

Why choose ablation therapy for cancer?

Let’s recap the benefits:

  • Available without surgery in most cases and can be used if surgery isn’t an option.
  • Provides pain relief and reduce blockages
  • Requires less hospitalization and recovery time compared to cancer surgery
  • Can be repeated if you happen to develop new tumors
  • Is able to be combined with other cancer treatments

Contact us about cancer treatment solutions including ablation therapy. Schedule a consultation to be informed about your non-surgical cancer treatment options.

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