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Binghamton Research Group Develops New Cancer Treatment
Date:9/16/2009

BINGHAMTON, N.Y., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- After years of innovation and intensive research, a team of Binghamton University (BU) researchers working with Cell Preservation Services, Inc., Owego, NY has broken extraordinary new ground in the recognition of cryosurgery as a primary treatment option for prostate cancer. The American Urological Association recently issued a Best Practices Statement that recommends cryosurgery of the prostate as both a primary and salvage therapy for patients with prostate cancer.

It was the team's discovery of a previously unrecognized form of cell death "apoptosis" and its research into the varying effects of treatment on different types of prostate cancer that led to the advanced technology that now makes cryosurgery of the prostate possible. The team working in partnership with physicians at Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital has revolutionized the way prostate cancer is treated and continues to lead research into the advancement of treatment.

The recommended use of cryosurgery as a primary treatment comes as BU team leader Dr. John G. Baust, also a Professor of Biological Sciences at BU and UNESCO Chair, received a rare honor for his world-wide leadership in cryomedicine and his work with the BU team. The international Society for Cryobiology, recently elected Baust to the prestigious position of Fellow of the Society. He is one of only ten to receive this recognition from the Society.

As team leader, Baust directed fellow researchers in their quest to develop the surgical devices necessary to precisely apply the freezing temperatures to the prostate and work out the "biology of the disease" and its responses to freezing. The Allegheny General team developed the surgical protocols and managed the patients during the years that followed treatment to assure a successful outcome. Both teams partnered to teach this new
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