Q) What is cryosurgery?
A) Cryosurgery is the use of
extreme cold to destroy cancer cells. An instrument called
a cryoprobe is placed in contact with the tumor. Ultrasound
is used during the freezing process to spare nearby healthy
Q) What types of cancer are
treated with cryosurgery?
A) Cryosurgery has been proven
to be an effective therapy for certain kidney, liver and prostate
cancers. Researchers are studying its effectiveness as a treatment
for some tumors of the bone, brain, spinal tumors, non-small
cell lung and breast cancer.
Q) What are the advantages of
A) Cryosurgery offers some advantages
over other methods of treatment. It can be done less invasively
by using small incisions to insert the cryoprobes. Consequently,
pain, bleeding, other complications of surgery and recovery
time are minimized. Because the treatment using cryosurgery
is controlled to a limited area, destruction of nearby health
tissue is minimized. The treatment can be safely repeated
and may be used along with standard treatments such as chemotherapy
and radiation therapy.
Q) What are the disadvantages
A) The major disadvantage of
cryosurgery is the limited number of studies documenting its
long term effectiveness. Insurance coverage issues may arise
as this treatment option success is being further documented.
Q) If I have any questions
about Cryosurgery treatment who can I call?
A) We at Midwest Stone Institute
would be happy to answer any of your questions (314) 835-1549.