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The Dijon University Hospital has used cryotherapy on a malignant tumor for the first time. After years of studying, this painless and minimally invasive technology could revolutionize cancer treatment.

What is the cryotherapy technique?

This simple technique consists of injecting cold (argon gas) directly into the tumor through thin needles. Surgeons can easily determine the exact location of the tumor on a CT or MRI scan and destroy it without a drop of blood spilled. 

It took less than an hour to remove a 2.3-inch kidney tumor of an elderly patient who is now fully recovered. It was Professor Éric de Kerviler who performed the operation. He considers this method to be a true revolution. Imagine coming to the clinic in the morning and leaving the same day being a completely healthy person!

The operation is performed in several stages. During the first stage, the seven needles are placed directly into the tumor and its initial freezing with a cooling gas begins. Then, the surgeon unfreezes the area and fills it with water. At the second stage of the secondary freezing, the cancer is eradicated completely. Most noteworthy, the operation lasts less than 30 minutes and the patient comes back to their room immediately afterward.

Why is it better?

This short procedure can be an excellent alternative to surgery. Furthermore, in France, scientists are working on developing this technology and they have been gradually implementing it to the medical institutions since 2008. This treatment can be applied to almost any type of tumor (breast, prostate, kidney, etc.) and it will soon be used on brain tumors or even in cases of inoperable tumors. Needless to say, cryosurgery helps to avoid postoperative complications that are common when general anesthesia is used, especially for elderly people. Local anesthesia and reduced recovery period make the cryotherapy technique the real future of medicine.

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Reference list

  1. Cryosurgery in Cancer Treatment
  2. Cryogenic treatment for cancer
  3. Cancer Cryosurgery: Evolution and Biology
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