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Cryoablation: Treatment of the Future for Breast Cancer

Cancer Newsline - 12/13/2010

Guest(s): Bruno Fornage, M.D. and  Rosa Hwang, M.D.

Bruno Fornage, M.D., Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, and Rosa Hwang, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology, both at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, are part of a national clinical trial involving freezing cancer tumors inside the breast. This cutting edge technology is for early stage breast cancer and could eventually lead to eliminating surgery. Patients say the outpatient procedure does not hurt because the liquid nitrogen numbs the area. Another benefit of cryoablation is the process may actually stimulate the immune system helping to fight cancer cells and reduce cancer reoccurrence and spreading.

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