New Treatment Freezes Damaged Cells In Esophagus

News — By on February 27, 2009 at 3:25 am

FORT WORTH, Texas — Victor Santiago appeared amazingly relaxed as he waited for his doctor to put a tube down his throat and spray the inside of his esophagus with liquid nitrogen. It didn’t bother him that he is among the first patients in North Texas to undergo cryoablation to treat damaged cells in the esophagus and prevent them from turning cancerous. “It’s something new, and hopefully it will work,” said Santiago, 68. “It’s better than my other option: having surgery to remove part of my esophagus.” Cryoablation has been used for decades to freeze off warts and more recently to treat prostate cancer. But in 2006 the Food and Drug Administration cleared the device for another use: treating damaged cells in the esophagus….

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