New treatment option uses heat to eliminate breast cancer tumors

(WXYZ) - Researchers believe a new treatment option could eliminate breast cancer tumors without surgery.

The study was conducted by Dr. Alessandro Napoli and his colleagues at Sapienza University in Rome.

The technique, called magnetic resonance-guided ultrasound ablation (MRgFUS), uses heat to destroy breast cancer tumors.

The outpatient procedure relies on MRI guidance to find tumors and then uses acoustic energy from the high-intensity focused ultrasound to remove tumors.

Dr. Napoli's study included 12 patients who were diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer.

Each patient underwent the procedure once.

After one session, 10 of the 12 patients showed no signs of the tumor.

None of the 12 patients had any complications during or after the procedure.

Dr. Napoli says more research is needed before the procedure can be adopted as a widespread treatment option.

Findings of the study were to be presented Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

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