Ice as Lung Cancer’s Formidable Foe: Cryoablation Process Proves Initial Success

There are many things reported on in medical news on a daily basis that are said to cause cancer, but how many can be said to cure it? According to Mayo Clinic interventional radiologist David A. Woodrum, ice is becoming the “cure” of cancer:

“Cryoablation has potential as a treatment for cancer that has spread to the lungs from other parts of the body and could prolong the lives of patients who are running out of options. We may not be able to cure the cancer, but with cryoablation we can at least slow it down significantly and allow patients to enjoy greater quality of life longer” (“Ice Therapy Can Treat Lung Cancer”; ZeeNews).

The ice treatment involves using a needle that is then fused with gas to cool it down to approximately -100 degrees Celsius. The needle is then inserted into the lungs and the ice crystals are applied to the lungs, with the needle punching small holes into lung cancer tumors. In initial studies, 22 individuals (having a total of 36 tumors) were treated with ice in 27 sessions. The results? Even three months after the cryoablation treatment, patients were still one-hundred percent free of their lung cancer. After six months, the patients interviewed still showed no signs of cancer advancement (the tumors were still dead).

According to Dr. Woodrum, cryoablation is not only an effective surgery, but a non-invasive one: after a patient receives the surgery, he or she can go home the same day. Cryoablation will, with this same-day departure for patients, become a new form of outpatient surgery for lung cancer patients.

It seems then, from the initial study, cryoablation will be a new victory treatment method for lung cancer patients who have exhausted all other options. Ice will also be an amazing treatment for cancer patients because it, unlike cancer drugs, is available, common to all places, and cheap and affordable. The current gene patenting bill before the Supreme Court is seeking to say that even ice can be patented; however, for the present, ice is a common product that is a result of frozen water. This treatment for patients will be an easy one for which they will not need the normal cancer drugs (that cost thousands of dollars).

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