Lung cancer is one of the most aggressive cancers and depending on the stage at diagnosis, can bring a low overall survival rate. Talking about systemic chemotherapy or immunotherapy is great but is directed only at killing the lung cancer systemically. Meaning throughout your entire body.
Lung cancer patients may need an effective therapy to manage their cancer if it spreads.
One such therapy called cryotherapy or cryosurgery that has two distinct applications. First, cryotherapy can be used to remove cancer that has metastasized or spread to the lung from other sites around the body or cryotherapy can be used to remove lung cancer that has spread to other sites around your body.
According to the first study linked and excerpted below, cryotherapy treated lung, liver, adrenal, para-aortic and bone tumors spread from the original lung cancer.
I am a long-term survivor of a different cancer called multiple myeloma. I underwent a palliative treatment for my cancer because conventional chemotherapy treatments where unable to put me into remission. The palliative treatment greatly reduced by bone pain and bought me time to pursue other curative therapies for my “incurable” cancer.
That palliative therapy was in 1996. A non-conventional therapy put me into complete remission in 1999 where I have remained since by living an anti-cancer lifestyle.
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“Purpose- To assess feasibility, complications, local tumor recurrences, overall survival (OS) and estimates of cost-effectiveness for multi-site cryoablation (MCA) of oligometastatic non-small cell lung cancer (mNSCLC)…
Results-Total number of tumors and cryoablation procedures for each anatomical site are as follows: 20, 18 – lung; 9, 7 – liver; 12, 11 – superficial; 7, 7 – adrenal; 2, 2 – para-aortic/isolated; and 10, 7 – bone..
Conclusions-Multi-site cryoablation had very low morbidity and local tumor recurrence rates for all anatomic sites, and possibly increased OS. Even as an adjunct to systemic therapies, MCA appeared cost-effective for palliation of oligo-mNSCLC…”
“Frozen balls of ice can safely kill cancerous tumors that have spread to the lungs, according to the first prospective multicenter trial of cryoablation…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,”
In the initial results of the study, called the ECLIPSE trial (Evaluating Cryoablation of Metastatic Lung/Pleura Tumors in Patients — Safety and Efficacy), 22 subjects with a total of 36 tumors were treated with 27 cryoablation sessions. Cryoablation was 100 percent effective in killing those tumors at three-month follow-up. Follow-up at six months on 5 of the 22 patients (23 percent) showed the treated tumors to still be dead. Cryoablation is performed by an interventional radiologist using a small needle-like probe guided through a nick in the skin to cancerous tumors inside the lung under medical imaging guidance. These tumors have spread — or metastasized — to the lung from primary cancers in other areas of the body.”
Cryosurgery (also called cryotherapy) is the use of extreme cold produced by liquid nitrogen (or argon gas) to destroy abnormal tissue. Cryosurgery is used to treat external tumors, such as those on the skin. For external tumors, liquid nitrogen is applied directly to the cancer cells with a cotton swab or spraying device.
Cryosurgery is also used to treat tumors inside the body (internal tumors and tumors in the bone). 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.