Heating Ultrasound for Breast Cancer

A doctor from the Netherlands to try new treatments for breast cancer patients using ultrasound heating in order to kill tumor cells.

Ultrasound energy will generate heat about 60 to 90 degrees Celsius by using ultrasound technique. The resulting heat energy causes the tumor cells die and thus the cells are removed from the body, the local press from the University Medical Center (UMC) said.

During treatment, doctors will monitor the temperature and location of the tumor by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Compared with traditional surgery, ultrasound treatment is less drastic. Since the treatment requires only local anesthesia, the patient can go home the same day after being treated. Patients exempt from the operation, but they still have to go through radiation therapy.

In the first phase of the trial medication, the doctor uses ultrasound for the treatment of benign breast tumors to test the safety and accuracy of this technique.

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