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CRYOTHERAPY or CRYOSURGERY

Cryotherapy or cryosurgery is a method of superfreezing tissue (using liquid nitrogen or argon gas) in order to destroy it. The technique is used to treat malignant tumors, control pain, control bleeding, and reduce brain lesions.

Uses of cryosurgery

It is used to treat some kinds of cancer and some precancerous or noncancerous conditions, and can be used both inside the body and on the skin.

Cryosurgery is an alternative to surgery for liver cancer that has not spread, for cancer that has spread to the liver from another site, for prostate cancer confined to the prostate gland, for a precancerous condition of the cervix, and for cancerous and noncancerous tumors of the bone.

How is cryosurgery performed?

 

Illustration: Cervical Cryosurgery

For external tumors, such as those on the skin, liquid nitrogen is applied directly to the cancer cells with a cotton swab or spraying device. For internal tumors, liquid nitrogen or argon gas is circulated through a hollow instrument called a cryoprobe, which is placed in contact with the tumor. The doctor uses ultrasound or MRI to guide the cryoprobe and monitor the freezing of the cells, thus limiting damage to nearby healthy tissue.

After cryosurgery, the frozen tissue thaws and is either naturally absorbed by the body (for internal tumors), or it dissolves and forms a scab (for external tumors).

Types of cancer that can be treated with cryosurgery

  • Prostate cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Retinoblastoma (a childhood cancer that affects the retina of the eye)
  • Early-stage skin cancers (both basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas)
  • Precancerous skin growths known as actinic keratosis
  • Precancerous conditions of the cervix known as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (abnormal cell changes in the cervix that can develop into cervical cancer)
  • Low-grade cancerous and noncancerous tumors of the bone
  • AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma when the skin lesions are small and localized

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