Friday, November 8, 2013

Veterinary Highlights: Cryotherapy To Treat Nasal Cancer In Dogs

Any fan of science fiction movies is familiar with cryotechnology. But cryomedicine is not a matter of fiction. Cryosurgery isn't even all that new.


What does cryosurgery mean?

Simply put, it means using extreme cold to freeze certain cells or tissue, effectively destroying it with high degree of accuracy, sparing surrounding healthy tissues. This process can be used to treat skin problems and even cancer.

It is a minimally invasive procedure which often doesn't even require anesthesia.

UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine is testing this technology to treat canine nasal tumors.

Even though in case of nasal tumor this treatment does require anesthesia, it does not involve any surgical incision. Unlike radiation therapy, the standard treatment for canine nasal rumors, side effects are minimal and, depending on the patient, it might be done as one-time procedure.

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Source article:
UC Davis Veterinarian Offers Innovative Cancer Treatment

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