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The technique known as cryotherapy uses fine needles to inject the freezing gas around the tumour.
To be sure of the research, a trial that was carried out on 13 patients who had all refused to have breast operations to remove their tumours. The remained cancer-free up to five years and doctors saw no sign of the disease returning and noted no significant complications.
Dr Peter Littrup, interventional radiologist confirms that the process of freezing tumours was both safe and effective.
“Minimally invasive cryotherapy opens the door for a potential new treatment for breast cancer and needs to be further tested. When used for local control and – or – potential cure of breast cancer, it provided safe and effective breast conservation."
In this method, cancer cells are destroyed within minutes of the injections and all that the patient suffers is a little pain or scarring.