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‘Cancer can be treated without chemotherapy’

October 14, 2014 01:05 am | Updated May 23, 2016 04:54 pm IST - HYDERABAD:

Oncologists from Fuda Cancer Hospital, Guangzhou, China on Monday said that a cancer treatment technique ‘Cryosurgical Ablation (CSA)’ has been effective in treatment of the disease without the need for painful chemotherapy. The surgeons said that between 2008 and 2014, they have treated close to 8,000 patients with a success rate of more than 70 per cent in China.

On Monday, while interacting with presspersons, oncologist and vice-president, Fuda Cancer Hospital, Dr. Mu Feng said that there was no need for chemotherapy and radiation under CSA. “Cancer side effects have the potential to complicate patients’ recovery process. In CSA, there is no need for chemotherapy, a huge advantage for patients,” he said.

CSA is a procedure where cryo-probes are inserted around tumours to lower temperature of the targeted area to minus 160 degree Celsius or even lower. Later, temperature is raised and brought up to 20 to 40 degree Celsius. This is repeated two to three times, resulting in the destruction of tumour cells.

“Once the tumour cells are destroyed, they start releasing antigens, stimulating immune system to react. This eventually eradicates the remaining cancer cells and reduces chances of recurrence. This is applicable for small and large tumours, single tumour or several tumours and there is less pain for patients,” the doctor said.

However, this technique is only to manage localised tumours and not for ailments like blood cancer or brain cancer, the doctors clarified.

According to the hospital officials, this year, close to 63 Indian patients underwent CSA at its facility in China. “While there is not much difference in cost of treatment, the big advantage is no side effects. The recovery process is quick. This procedure has already been adopted in US,” the doctors said. For details contact on 094221-09789.

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