Memorial Minute - October 25, 2019

October 25, 2019

The first cryoablation of malignant breast cancer in New Mexico was successfully completed Friday, October 4, 2019, at Memorial’s HealthPlex. In a joint surgery-radiology procedure between General Surgeon Kamran Kamali, MD, Memorial’s Chief Radiologist Rob Shoots, MD, and Memorial’s radiology team. This accomplishment not only supports Memorial’s mission of patient-centered care, but also exemplifies the hard work and dedication of its medical team. 

Cryoablation utilizes a minimally invasive, nonsurgical approach to freeze tumors, resulting in the destruction of cancer cells. Cryosurgery has already been used successfully in treating primary and metastatic liver tumors*, prostate cancer*, kidney, ophthalmologic, dermatologic and cervical cancers, as well as benign breast tumors. A proposed benefit of cryoablation is that it induces an inflammatory micro-environment and release of tumor antigens, which may stimulate an immunologic response resulting in lower local or systemic tumor recurrence*. 

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