It is so frustrating having a diagnosis without a solution. To be told you have a terminal cancer, that the only thing that can be done is to strive for comfort. These kind of statements push me to the extreme, and result in things like this sundry list of topics I have looked into with respect to battling cancer. So in my search of different approaches for inoperable tumors or cancers, I stumbled across cryosurgery. This one seems quite viable, in fact, it is practiced in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Even the World Health Organization has a section dedicated to cryosurgery – it’s not that new. It has quite a few sites dedicated to it on the internet. There’s also interesting stuff on cryoablation for inoperable liver cancer.
The initial reading I did suggested that this type of approach was used for pre-cancerous or early cancer, however, as I carried on searching more sites I discovered that this type of surgery has been done on lungs, prostate, breast, liver – a multitude of different types of cancer and at a variety of stages – including stage 4. The National Cancer institute provides this information: “Cryosurgery is used to treat external tumors, such as those on the skin. For external tumors, liquid nitrogen is applied directly to the cancer cells with a cotton swab or spraying device. Cryosurgery is also used to treat tumors inside the body (internal tumors and tumors in the bone). For internal tumors, liquid nitrogen or argon gas is circulated through a hollow instrument called a cryoprobe, which is placed in contact with the tumor.” (Source: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/cryosurgery extracted August 5, 2014).
I found this a week ago and sent it to a friend at the Cancer Care Clinic we go to, asking if this is something that is available in my area, what the criteria is, who does it, etc. Much like any good business, the CCCs know that they need to offer the most cutting edge products/services to bring in the patients and the funding. All I want at this point is more information from my local CCC to determine what our future options are.
(I have to include a disclaimer here – I am not a medical professional, I am a caregiver looking for solutions. The topics and posts that I make are based on my limited research and my own opinions. I am always looking for other “solutions” people have heard of. I’m not the best researcher but if you have something that you have heard of – send it my way. I’ll see what I can dig up too.)