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Technology breakthrough treats breast tumours in GP surgery

Technology breakthrough treats breast tumours in GP surgery

Women with noncancerous breast tumours could now be treated in their general practice surgery thanks to new breakthrough technology.

A thin probe can now be inserted via an easy-to-use system into the breast tumour which is then frozen and over time reabsorbed into the body.

Dr Keith Turner from the Cambridge Design Partnership said: "This breakthrough means that a woman diagnosed with a noncancerous breast tumour can pop into her doctor's surgery, receive treatment and then get on with her day – in less time than it takes to do the weekly shop."

Prior to this development, GPs were reluctant to become involved in cryo-surgery as the equipment was bulky and difficult to use.

The main alternative to cryo-surgery has been for GPs to recommend surgery, which can result in scarring and emotional problems.

Experts say that the new procedure offers a better alternative than the hospital and has excellent cosmetic results and a dramatically reduced treatment time.

Cambridge Design Partnership

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