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Published on December 10, 2008

Mercy is among first non-teaching hospitals in U. S. to offer CryoSpray Ablation

CEDAR RAPIDS-Mercy Medical Center, 701 10th St. SE, will begin this week offering a cutting-edge procedure for treatment of patients with lung cancer.  Cryotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy diseased tissue, including cancer cells.  Although the treatment is not a cure, the tumor ablation method is used to open breathing passages and improve the quality of life for patients.

On Thurs., Dec. 11, doctors at Mercy will perform the hospital's first Cryotherapy procedure, called CryoSpray Ablation, in the Cardiopulmonary Department.  A CryoSpray Ablation device will be used to apply liquid nitrogen to diseased cells located within the patient's lungs.  Physicians have already used image-guidance techniques such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance(MR) to identify the location of the tumors.  Those images will help guide the freezing substance to treatment sites.

Mercy is one of only seven hospitals in the nation to offer this type of Cryotherapy treatment to patients with lung tumors and related airway obstruction.  Others include Cleveland Clinic, Duke Medical Center and Boston Medical Center.  

"Mercy joins an elite group of hospitals in offering CryoSpray Ablation to its patients.  We're pleased to be able to offer our patients this new option for treatment of lung tumors," says Vijay Subramaniam, MD, Pulmonologist at Respiratory and Critical Care Associates.   "We see this as an addition to other interventional bronchoscopy procedures being developed at Mercy, such as ultrasonic bronchoscopy and endobronchial brachytherapy."   

Mercy is working in cooperation with Respiratory and Critical Care Associates to offer CryoSpray Ablation to patients. For more information about this new treatment, contact Mercy's Cardiopulmonary Department at 319-221-8555.

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