Benign Gynaecological Tumours
What is cryoablation?
Cryoablation is an innovative treatment consisting in the elimination or destruction of tissue by applying thermal means, more exactly, the freezing of tissue. Cryoablation has been used for many years in cancers of the liver, skin, lung and other organs, even in benign breast tumours. However, only recently has it been adapted to treat breast cancer.
How is cryoablation used to treat breast tumours?
Cryoablation is a percutaneous technique used to treat breast lesions on an outpatient basis (no hospital stay), with local anaesthetic and virtually without visible scarring nor suture marks. A needle is introduced into the lesion guided by ultrasound. The needle generates extreme cold reaching temperatures below -100º, which destroys the lesion by freezing it. The freezing process takes about 30 minutes and the complete process around 1 hour from start to finish.
Which patients are candidates for this treatment?
Individual evaluation of each case is fundamental to the success of the procedure. Therefore the choice of this treatment should only be made after a thorough study by the specialist team.