Cryotherapy

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Has anybody heard of cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen) being used palliatively in the UK for late stage esophageal cancer to ease swallowing? I have stumbled across some recent studies out of America which sound almost too good to be true. 

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  • Sorry RMOB,

    This is a new one on me also, please let us know if you find out more

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  • Hi RMOB 

    I can't answer your exact question, but I have had cryotherapy to try and burn the cancer by freezing it, but it did not work for me so am having emr treatment now for esophageal cancer. I wish you well RMOB and I hope you get some relief. Cancer sucks!!!!

  • Thank you so much for your response. May I ask where you had the treatment? I can see it' has been used in the US for exactly as you describe. I am sorry it did not work for you. I wondered if there was a clinical trial for it here. My mother's esophagus is closing up - even thin soups and smoothies are becoming a struggle but she is not close to death - still very functional so something has to be done. A stent has not been an option because of the tumors high position. We have been referred back to the oncologist and I plan to ask her about cryotherapy. Good luck with your treatment!! 

  • Hi RMOB

    I had the treatment at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. This you have probably thought about already but just in case, I know they can go in via an endoscopy to stretch the Oesophagus, there maybe reasons why this has not been done, but I just thought I would mention it, just in case. Good luck and I send my very best wishes to you and your mum. Take care.xx

  • Thanks so much Scrppydo. I am hoping that they may suggest a stretch. Good luck to you too! 

  • Hello RMOB

    I hope they manage to do a stretch and you mum feels more comfortable when eating etc. The very best of luck.