Cryoablation destroys non-cancerous breast tumors (fibroadenomas) by freezing them at below -170°C, the temperature at which tumor cells die.
How cryoablation works
Cryoablation destroys non-cancerous breast tumors (fibroadenomas) by freezing them at below -170°C, the temperature at which tumor cells die. A needle as small as 3 mm in diameter injects liquid nitrogen through the tip of needle which is inserted through the skin and into the tissue to be removed. The tumor quickly freezes causing the cells to die. Ultrasound is utilized during the procedure to clearly locate the tumor and monitor the size of the ice ball. Patients are left with a small scar of only 3 mm.
Who performs the procedure?
The procedure will be led by a surgeon specializing in breast surgery working with a multidisciplinary team of doctors.
Who is cryoablation recommended for?
Over the age of 18 who have been diagnosed with fibroadenoma with a core needle biopsy
With a lump in the breast that is painful or palpitates
With a tumor 1-4 cm in size that can be pinpointed by ultrasound
With a tumor that grew by 20% during the last six months as identified during the last check-up
Who have multiple tumors but don’t want multiple surgeries and scars
Who have no prior history of breast cancer
Who are not pregnant
With tumors that are not close to the skin
With no serious illnesses
What are the advantages of cryoablation?
Cryoablation is a non-invasive surgery, and therefore has many benefits:
Only local anesthesia is required
Scar is small, only 3 mm in length
Less painful than other procedures
There is no need to stay overnight in hospital
Recovery is quick
The breast maintains its shape because there is no damage to normal breast tissue