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Possible new treatment for breast cancer

 
 
Reply Thu 18 Mar, 2010 06:17 pm
I wonder if it would work for other types of cancer.
Women, this story should interest you...

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/163367/Ice-cold-gas-kills-breast-cancer

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BREAST cancers can be killed off by being frozen with streams of super-cold gas, scientists have discovered.


And, in a major breakthrough, the “ice-ball” created around a tumour by the injections not only kills it off but ensures the cancer does not return.

Fine needles are used to inject the freezing gas around the tumour in a technique known as cryotherapy, which means the patient does not need invasive surgery and suffers no major discomfort


I'm no doctor, but this looks promising.
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Reply Thu 18 Mar, 2010 06:29 pm
@mysteryman,
What would happen to the dead tissue that results from the use of the cold gas? Wouldn't it be similar to severe frost bite in which there are usually amputations (aka invasive surgery)?

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Reply Thu 18 Mar, 2010 09:00 pm
@Butrflynet,
I would think that the amount of left over tissue would be small, BFN, and that the body would take care of it.

Quite severe frostbite doesn't always mean amputation.

I also recently heard of viruses being used to kill cancer cells. Will check for a possible link.

Found one:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090522081217.htm
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