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Freezing Kidney Cancer: Hot Treatment Should Be New Gold Standard for Destroying Small Tumors
Date:3/9/2009

highlight how effective interventional radiology treatments can be -- not just for kidney cancer -- but for other kinds of cancers and other diseases as well. Interventional radiology treatments will have a significant impact on the overall survival and benefits that patients can have from avoiding surgery," said Georgiades.

"There is no question that interventional cryoablation, which uses imaging to pinpoint tumors and probes to penetrate the skin to deliver freezing cold directly to a diseased tumor, works. This interventional treatment is not a widely known procedure yet, even to other doctors, and some patients are going to have to pursue it on their own," said Georgiades. The treatment is widely available in the United States at all major institutions and some smaller institutions as well; it is usually covered by health insurance.

Researchers followed kidney cancer patients who had received cryoablation for three years -- well beyond the established and well-accepted one-year benchmark within the medical community to gauge the success of a kidney tumor treatment option -- since most kidney tumors would be visible within a year with a CT scan or MRI. The use of percutaneous cryoablation should not be limited -- as it has been -- to patients who have other diseases that make surgery very high risk, cannot undergo anesthesia, have borderline kidney function, may only have one kidney or multiple recurring tumors or do not have any other option, said Georgiades. "There may be a bias in the medical community -- among surgeons, primary care doctors and urologists -- that cryoablation works only for certain patients with small tumors. This is not the case," emphasized Georgiades.

"Traditionally, laparoscopic surgery has been the main treatment option for all renal cell cancers; it literally cuts the cancer out. The good news is that individuals no longer need to have a kidney partially or completely removed to tre
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