Taking a Look at Cryosurgery

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According to the National Cancer Institute, cryosurgery is the use of extreme cold produced by liquid nitrogen to destroy abnormal tissue (National Cancer Institute, 2013). Cryosurgery is generally used to treat external tumors, but may also be used to treat tumors that form internally. Cryosurgery is a cheap and effective treatment that can be done at both hospital and office based practices. Cryosurgery can be used to treat numerous cancers, including breast cancer, kidney cancer, prostate cancer, early-stage skin cancers, retinoblastoma, non-melanoma skin cancer as well as precancerous skin growths, low-grade and noncancerous bone tumors, precancerous conditions of cervix cancer, and AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma, among others. While cryosurgery can be used to treat these cancers, epidemics, and skin-growths and diseases, limitations that differ depending on the person, illness being treated, and stage it is in. Retinoblastoma, a cancer that develops rapidly from the underdeveloped cells of an eye's retina, is a perfect example. Doctors have tested and found that because the eye is so sensitive and such a vital organ to our everyday lives, cryosurgery is most effective when the tumor is small and only in certain parts of the retina, as acting when the tumor is too big or the cancer is spread too much throughout the retina, an unsuccessful cryosurgery can damage the organ permanently. Another example is in AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma; in this disease, cryosurgery is one
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