Is there a new treatment for breast cancer on the horizon? Read this blog report – Study Tests Freezing Technique for Breast Cancer Tumor | Testing It Up.
Cryoablation – freezing – has been successfully used in mice to stop the spread of breast cancer. The research was conducted by a team at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is affiliated with the university’s medical school.
“Cryoablation has strong potential as a treatment for breast cancer… Not only does it appear effective in treating the primary tumor with little cosmetic concerns, but it also may stimulate an immune response capable of eradicating any cells that have traveled throughout the body, reducing both local and distant recurrence, similar to giving a breast cancer vaccine.”
The original report on this important research was done by BusinessWeek – for further information read the posting by that publication.
If you go to the Center’s site, you will also find fascinating and important stem cell research being conducted by that institution and an informative video done by the Center’s director, Dr. Max Wicha, regarding their stem cell research efforts.
It was at this Center that breast cancer stem cells were first discovered in 2003.
While there has been a steady decline in the death rate related to breast cancer since 1990, the bad news is that approximately 41,000 women are still dying each year in the United States alone from this horrible disease.