Breast cancer cryoablation

Our experts take an innovative approach to kill breast cancer cells without surgery.

Killing a tumor by freezing it inside the body may seem a little like science fiction. But thanks in part to research by our doctors, it’s become reality for some breast cancer patients.

Our team puts an emphasis on breast-conserving treatments. We want you to receive the most effective, least invasive treatment possible. Cryoablation is under review as a potential technique to avoid surgery when treating small ductal breast tumors.

What is cryoablation?

Cryoablation is a procedure that ablates -- or destroys -- tumors by freezing them. We inject liquid nitrogen into the tumor, which freezes and kills it. The treatment takes 30 minutes or less. Afterward, you will only need a bandage on your chest -- and if the treatment works, the tumor disappears.

Cryoablation clinical trials

Our doctors participated in a national study on cryoablation led by Columbia University in New York. The number of patients involved in the study was small -- just 95 -- but the success rate was 95 percent. The study will be published at a later date.

While the procedure is under review, our breast cancer team uses cryoablation therapy sparingly, and we always use it in combination with breast cancer surgery.

Ask your doctor if there is a clinical trial that may be right for you.

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