Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A first-of-its-kind study suggests that slow-growing breast cancers can be treated with a highly targeted tumor-freezing technique, eliminating the need for invasive surgery.
Testing to date suggests that the technique is effective among women over 60 diagnosed with relatively low-risk breast cancer.
"Cryoablation is a minimally invasive solution that destroys breast tumors safely, quickly and painlessly, without the need for surgery," said study author Dr. Richard Fine, a breast surgeon with West Cancer Center Research Institute in Germantown, Tenn.
"The procedure exposes diseased tissue to extreme cold [cryo] to destroy [ablate] it," he added. "It is performed in the office while the patient is awake."
The new study -- which involved nearly 200 women -- found tha...