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[MOL] Cryotherapy Technique

Dear Joicy,

This is similar to technique called "Cryotherapy" which is being

conducted by many U.S. hospital facilities and seems to be very

successful, in yes, cures and reduction of tumors. Thank you for that


God Bless

marty auslander

Becker, Joicy wrote:


> Thought this might be of interest...love, joicy


> (The article can be found at:


> http://vh1459.infi.net/region/docs/tumors072998.htm  )


> Freezing technique can destroy some tumors


>                              THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


>                              JACKSON - A University of Mississippi

> Medical Center radiologist is using a new

>                              method to treat cancer patients to spare

> them the side affects associated with

>                              chemotherapy and radiation.


>                              Using an MRI-guided cryoablation, a new

> instrument manufactured in Israel, Dr. Patrick

>                              Sewell destroyed two tumors in the body of

> Willie Henderson, 49.


>                              It was the first time the procedure was used

> in the United States, Sewell said.


>                              Henderson underwent surgery at UMC in March

> to remove a lemon-sized tumor from his

>                              left lung.


>                              Radiation treatments followed, but Henderson

> began experiencing pain in his right thigh

>                              in May. The tumor had spread.


>                              The primary option was chemotherapy and more

> radiation. Conventional surgery wasn't

>                              a good option.


>                              Sewell told oncologists that he wanted to

> remove the tumor in Henderson's thigh by

>                              freezing it with a new instrument that was

> still awaiting approval from the Food and Drug

>                              Administration.


>                              During the three weeks it took the FDA to

> approve the use of the new instrument,

>                              Henderson developed another secondary tumor

> deep in his right shoulder.


>                              The pain was so intense that Henderson could

> not even lift a fork to feed himself.


>                              Sewell froze and destroyed the tumors in two

> different procedures, getting the tumor in

>                              the thigh on July 7, and then the shoulder

> tumor on July 16, UMC officials said Monday.


>                              The cryoblation tool is guided by the

> interventional MRI. Sewell made a small incision in

>                              Henderson's skin and threaded the tube -

> with the freezing tip at the end - to the tumor.


> He traced its path on the MRI screen.


>                              When the sheathed freezing tip reached the

> tumor, Sewell removed the sheath and

>                              activated the tip. The tip reaches a cold

> temperature of negative 186 degrees Celsius.


>                              The time it takes to freeze a tumor depends

> on the size of the tumor and the amount of

>                              blood flow. In Henderson's case, it took

> Sewell about 30-40 minutes to freeze the tumor

>                              and two minutes to thaw it using pressurized

> helium.


>                              By using the MRI, Sewell knows when the

> tumor is frozen and when it has thawed.


>                              The doctor also minimizes the possibility of

> destroying normal tissue.


>                              "When water freezes, the crystals rupture

> the cell membrane of the tumor. It just

>                              explodes," Sewell said. "There is also some

> evidence that freezing stimulates the immune

>                              system to marshal the body's own defense

> mechanisms against the tumor."


>                              The interventional MRI team in Quebec has

> used the same device to freeze breast

>                              malignancies before surgical removal.


>                              Sewell said the interventional MRI is

> crucial to the process.


>                              "Without it, there is no way we could

> visualize exactly what we're freezing," Sewell said.


>                              The procedure isn't a cancer cure, but the

> doctor said that it can improve the quality of life

>                              for patients while "reducing or eliminating

> the constant need for pain medicin
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