New treatment method for metastatic breast cancer patients
Mar 26, 2012
A new study, which was presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology Scientific Meeting, found a method for treating metastatic breast cancer called percutaneous cryoablation. This new treatment focuses on certain spots, freezes and destroys the tumor.
It is believed this is a much better alternative to surgery, especially because those with metastatic cancer are usually not candidates for surgeries.
"This therapy provides a minimal rate of cancer recurrence and no major complications, making these ice balls ideal for targeting metastatic tumors that are limited in number and location," said Dr. Peter Littrup, director of imaging core and radiology research at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. "This is a preliminary study, and at this point we're hoping that the evidence could be a stepping stone for a bigger study to look at more patients. If we can get more data that supports percutaneous cryoablation for metastatic breast cancer, it could be a huge finding."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. It is the second most common form of cancer among women, following only skin cancer.