It lies in our human nature that we never lose hope and always try to find an ultimate solution. So when such bad news as cancer fall on us, we are shocked and feel lost, but we keep on hoping we will get the right cure. No matter which stage we are at, what treatment we have already tried, what are the prognosis, we still try. Fortunately, medical specialists in France don’t lose hope either. They are always there to support you in such difficult times and to suggest yet another individually developed method to treat cancer. Back in 2008, they have offered cryoablation as an innovative treatment for small – sized tumors.
Nowadays this technique is quite often used in France, as it reduces the period of hospitalization and recovery. On the contrary, the classic tumor ablation surgery can last more than three hours and keep the patient at the hospital for at least a week. The mini-invasive cryoablation method allows the patient to be discharged the following day, as there aren’t almost any stitches. It also allows the patient to get a safer anesthesia and helps increasing the patient’s comfort.
The surgery itself is quite simple, it consists of putting several needles into the tumor area and freezing the tumor with argon (or nitrogen) at, at least, -40 °C temperature. At the same time, the surgeon uses MRI as guidance to see the exact placement of the tumor. He then unfreezes it, fills it with water and freezes it another time to destroy the whole tumor. The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes. As it happened in the case of Professor de Kerviler’s patient, who was one of the first people to have their tumor turned into ice. This technique’s results are amazing: with only 5% of recidivism rate, this is one of the most effective and delicate intervention for small tumors. Although bigger tumors can also be treated this way, it hasn’t been sufficiently explored yet.
This is why it is important to never lose hope. Instead, better look for new ways of cancer treatment and competent oncologists who have already mastered the innovation. At this moment, many French teaching hospitals are adjusting their surgery units to offer this gentle treatment to their patients.