New Report Highlights Benefits of Cryosurgery for Mesothelioma, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Doctors at UCLA say their study shows that a minimally invasive technique using extreme cold should be a treatment consideration for some mesothelioma patients.

Treating Tumors with Extreme Cold

Cryosurgery for Mesothelioma Tumors

Freedom from local recurrence was observed in 100% of cases at 30 days...

UCLA radiologists are improving the outlook for pleural mesothelioma using a technique that freezes their tumors from the inside out. Their new study is the subject of a new article on the Surviving Mesothelioma website. Click here to read it now.

The team reports using cryoablation 110 times on 24 different patients to destroy mesothelioma cells by exposing them to a gas that freezes them. Results were impressive.

“Freedom from local recurrence was observed in 100% of cases at 30 days, 92.5% at 6 months, 90.8% at 1 year, 87.3% at 2 years and 73.7% at 3 years,” reports lead author and UCLA radiologist Fereidoun Abtin, MD, who performs the procedure.

According to the study in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, none of the mesothelioma patients in the study died from the cryoablation treatment and only 7 percent had any significant side effects.

“Cryotherapy has been used successfully to treat other types of cancer and this study suggests that those same benefits could be extended to include certain mesothelioma patients who have run out of other options,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor for Surviving Mesothelioma.

To read more details of the cryosurgery study, see Innovative Mesothelioma Treatment Uses Cold to Destroy Tumors, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Abtin, F, et al, “Percutaneous cryoablation for the treatment of recurrent malignant pleural mesothelioma: safety, early-term efficacy, and predictors of local recurrence”, December 12, 2016, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Epub ahead of print,

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