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Israeli Scientists Freeze Tumors in New Breast Cancer Treatment

December 10, 2012 12:44 pm 5 comments

Breast cancer awareness ribbon. Photo: Wikipedia.

Israeli scientists have developed a new technique to treat breast cancer and it is being used in trials already. The method employs a supercooled needle tip to repeatedly freeze then defrost tumors. This damages and ultimately kills the harmful tissue.

The needle is cooled to -274F (-170C) by pumping liquid nitrogen through a network of tiny tubes. The technique does not require general anesthetic and can be completed in about 15 minutes. Scientists behind the procedure, called cryoablation, say it is possible to treat tumors up to the size of a golf ball and that it could provide an alternative to surgery.

“The cells in the human body are made mainly of water, which means they freeze,” Hezi Himmelfarb, the chief executive of the Israel-based IceCure Medical told the UK’s Telegraph.

“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.

“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.”

The device has already been approved for use in the United States and IceCure is hoping for European approval within the year.

5 Comments

  • judy weleminsky

    Can this approach be used for other tumours – eg an accoustic neuroma

  • Thank you to Cancer_Fighter for her information on this procedure being available in China. I am looking into it for myself and would love to know your sister-in-law’s experience. Dr. Eisuke Fukuma is doing it at Kameda Medical Center in Japan.

  • So just why is it not available in the
    U.S.???

  • Please visit keepingthem.com, a blog about a successful recipient of cryoablation for breast cancer 10 years ago! Please spread the word as my sister-in-law is currently in China for this treatment and a documentary is being put together to show her story and help spread the word!!!

    This procedure has been in use in China since 1997. It is a reality for breast cancer, just not in the Western Hemisphere.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Has the EU declared this yet another Jewish war crime against peaceful peaceloving cancer cells? Wait for it, they will.

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