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Israeli Company That Turns Tumors Into Ice Balls Looks to Cure Lung Cancer

IceCure's tumor-freezing technology has destroyed breast tumours by freezing them into ice balls; can they do the same with lung cancer?

By: Adam Van Heerden

Published: October 31st, 2013 in Health » Israel

We’ve told you before about IceCure’s amazing tumour-freezing technology that destroys breast tumours by freezing them into ice balls. Now the company has set its sights on another killer – lung cancer. The Israeli biomedical company that pioneered the application of cryoablation (a process which uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy diseased tissue) as a treatment for benign breast tumours (fibroadenomas), intends to expand its technology to the treatment of lung cancer, with a new clinical trial to begin in Japan.

“This study, which is fully funded by the Kameda Medical Center in Japan, may pave the road for IceCure to use its cryoablation technology in lung cancer tumours, in addition to the current commercial applications for the treatment of benign breast tumours and investigative use for small breast cancers,” said IceCure President and CEO Hezi Himelfarb.

A proven means to destroy breast tumours

IceCure has received FDA approval for its cryoablation system, IceSense3, to treat fibroadenomas and small malignant breast tumours. The procedure is minimally invasive, takes approximately 15 minutes and requires only local anaesthetic.

IceSense3 uses ultrasound imaging to guide a hollow needle into the lump or tumor. The distal part of the needle is then cooled to -274F (-170C) through the use of liquid nitrogen, which engulfs the tumour in a ball of ice and destroys the targeted cells. No further procedure is necessary and the body automatically reabsorbs the dead cells over time.

According to IceCure, its procedure produces a more aesthetically pleasing result than surgery, which can leave big scars.

Doctor Eisuke Fukuma, Chairman of the Breast Center at Kameda Medical Center, explains: “Cryoablation offers a much more comfortable and cosmetically appealing treatment option for small breast cancers. The IceSense3 system provides a more efficient, targeted treatment to completely destroy the tumour in a quick, office procedure.”

Now IceCure Medical wants to apply its technology beyond treating fibroadenomas and small malignant breast tumours.

Tackling the deadliest cancer

Himelfarb says: “Successful results in the Japanese trial may open the possibility to enter a huge market with hundreds of thousands of new cases every year.” According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both men and women in the United States, more than the next three cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate).

The clinical study will be managed by Dr. Akihiko Takeshi, the chairman of the Thoracic Surgery Department at Kameda Medical Center. IceCure Medical will determine its future involvement in the treatment of lung cancer through cryoablation in accordance with the results of the study.

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