New research suggests that laser ablation, the use of laser to heat and destroy tumors, is an effective way to treat small and early stages of breast cancer eliminating the need of lumpectomy. The findings of the laser treatment were presented at 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium awaiting publishing in a peer reviewed journal.
The technique is called Novilase Breast Therapy and involve the insertion of small probes in the tumor and using heat from the laser to destroy it. The tumor tissue that was heated will shrink slowly and form a scar. The technique has been lauded for saving women from lumpectomy and that it is cosmetically appealing. Other advantages were that the treatment takes shorter time and has brief recovery periods.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.