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Cryoablation for cancer uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy tumors.

To administer cryoablation treatment, a doctor inserts a hollow, needle-like probe through the skin and into or near a tumor. Ultrasound, CT or MRI is used to guide the probe. Cold gases (liquid nitrogen or argon) circulate through the probe. At its tip, the probe forms a ball of ice crystals, which surrounds and “freezes” the tumor.

We may use cryoablation treatment to clear obstructions in the airway or destroy lung tumors in the airway. Cryoablation also be used to treat skin cancer, lung cancer and cancers of the gastrointestinal system.

Cryoablation may result in multiple benefits:

  • It is less invasive than traditional, open surgery. It requires insertion of the probe through the skin to reach the tumor and, in some cases, a small incision.
  • Because the treatment is focused on the tumor, it reduces harm to nearby healthy tissues.
  • In some instances, it may be used to treat tumors when surgery is not an option.
  • It requires a shorter hospital stay and recovery time compared to traditional surgical procedures.
  • The treatment may be repeated if new tumors develop.
  • It may be used in conjunction with other cancer treatments.
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