Cryoablation destroys cancerous tumors painlessly with minimal recovery or impact on your appearance.
Cryoablation is a minimally invasive treatment that uses a small needle with the cooling power of liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy cancerous tumors. The Minimally Invasive Care Center at Princeton Radiology is the first facility in New Jersey to use cryoablation to treat patients with early-stage invasive breast cancer.
While removing tumors with traditional surgery requires a 10- to 12-inch incision, cryoablation only requires one 5-mm incision for surgical instruments. This makes cryoablation less invasive and an effective alternative for patients not suitable for surgery.
Princeton Radiology’s team is led by Kenneth Tomkovich, MD, who has been at the forefront in the research and practice of cryoablation for more than 20 years.
How does Cryoablation work?
Guided by ultrasound, the probe is inserted into the tumor and liquid nitrogen generates sub-zero temperatures to turn the tumor into an ice ball. A freeze-thaw-freeze cycle destroys the targeted tissue immediately and leaves adjacent healthy tissue undamaged.
The benefits of cryoablation at the Minimally Invasive Care Center at Princeton Radiology include:
- 30-minute outpatient procedure performed with the patient awake under local anesthesia
- No need for an invasive lumpectomy surgery
- Minimal impact on surrounding tissue
- Most patients can resume normal activities the same day
CRYOABLATION PROCESS AT THE MINIMALLY INVASIVE CARE CENTER.
- The first step is to schedule a consultation. Kenneth Tomkovich, M.D., will answer your questions, explain the procedure in more detail, and assess whether you are a good candidate.
- If it is determined that you are a good candidate, we can schedule the procedure and you will be given instructions to help you prepare.
- Most patients return to their normal activities the day after the treatment. We will provide discharge instructions and a phone number to call our team with any post-procedure questions.