14
Oct

Freeze Therapy: An Alternative to Breast Cancer Surgery?

A freezing technique known as cryoablation might be a viable alternative to lumpectomy for treating small, early stage breast cancers, researchers report.

In the small study of 86 patients, “cryoablation was shown to successfully [treat] the majority of small breast cancers with few side effects or complications,” said study co-author Dr. Deanna Attai. She’s an assistant clinical professor of surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine.

Using this minimally invasive approach to destroy cancer cells, there should be little to no change in the appearance of the breast, said Attai, immediate past president of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

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