An Alternative Treatment for Small Breast Cancer
I have been diagnosed with a breast tumor, now what?
The reward for diligently screening for breast cancer annually in cryotherapy. It is important to understand there is a non-surgical option that may be available to you.
Cryoablation is a highly effective treatment for small breast cancers and has been practiced by physicians worldwide for over 15 years. Cryotherapies have been used successfully in prostate cancer, skin cancer, renal cancer and liver and lung cancers.
At Breastnet, we have successfully performed cryotherapy for small breast cancers since 2016. Our patients have no evidence of residual or recurrent cancer and have no scarring, no history of infections and report no pain. These ladies continue to live active, vibrant lives and are enthusiastic supporters of cryoablation for breast cancer.
Cryoablation may be appropriate treatment for:
Early stage breast cancer (invasive ductal breast cancer).
Benign fibroadenoma (growing and/or painful, and less than 4 cm in size).
There is increasing scientific evidence that cryotherapy can act like a vaccination stimulating your own immune system to fight your cancer.
Women with advanced breast cancer that has spread to other organs can also benefit from cryotherapy of the primary breast cancer or metastatic cancers.
Why choose cryoablation breast therapy over surgical excision (lumpectomy)?
If you are a candidate for cryotherapy, we use and FDA cleared cryoablation treatment system.
Cryoablation is a safe, minimally invasive alternative to surgical excision of your breast cancer.
It is performed in our office with local anesthesia, with ultrasound guidance and takes about an hour.
A small steristrip is applied to the skin at the site of the probe insertion and there are no stitches.
After the procedure, your breast will be swollen for a few hours with minimal to no discomfort.
The Cryoablation Procedure
The cryoablation procedure is a safe FDA cleared, minimally invasive treatment for certain breast cancers.
The procedure starts with an injection of local anesthetic into the skin and around the cancer. A thin probe is then inserted through the center of the cancer using ultrasound guidance.
Once the probe is correctly positioned it undergoes a freeze-thaw-freeze cycle, dropping the the temperature of the cancer and killing it. This prohibits any future growth and allows the healing process to begin.
"I underwent cryoablation at Arizona Breastnet. First and foremost, there were no insidious side effects with expensive radiation treatments. Moreover, there was very little pain and my breast has currently healed without unsightly disfiguration. I was provided the utmost care with a superb staff of qualified professionals who made me feel valued and comfortable. I am thankful for the alternative care opportunity Arizona Breastnet offered and will continue life-long care with Arizona Breastnet." read more
"Dr. Barclay-White and staff were there for me in every sense of the word right from the first visit. I had my cryoablation procedure November 1, 2017, and after the initial minor discomfort associated with the procedure, I was virtually pain-free during my recovery. I just had my six month follow up and was pronounced cancer-free! Hallelujiah! By the way, I was given those results by Dr. Barclay-White while she was on vacation in California. How’s THAT for amazing customer service?" read more
"Dr. Barclay-White discovered a change in my mammogram and sent me for a biopsy.
Results came back . . . breast cancer!! I was devastated with this news but the Doctor's caring heart, knowledge of breast cancer and advanced technology assured me I was going to be fine! Since my cancer was caught early, it was slow growing and met certain criteria, I was a candidate for a new freezing procedure called Cryoablation." read more
Dr. Barclay-White is participating in FROST, a Study of Cryoablation in the Management of Early Stage Breast Cancer, for patients who prefer an alternative to surgery. This is a phase II clinical study of Z1072. To learn more about the FROST clinical study, please click here.