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From: Jan Coetzee
Chinese Doctors Claim Cancer-Treatment Breakthrough
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese surgeons are declaring a breakthrough in
cancer treatment after
turning a patient's malignant tumor into a ball of ice, state media said
Doctors at Xijing Hospital in the northwestern city of Xian inserted a
0.0788 inches in diameter, into the tumor of liver cancer patient,
Xinhua news agency said.
By forcing high-pressure argon and helium gas through the knife point,
they were able to lower
the temperature of the tumor to minus 220.
``In 60 seconds, the tumor became an ice ball,'' the article said,
adding ``all cancer cells were
``The operation took only 30 minutes. The patient felt no pain and there
was no bleeding,'' it said.
``The therapy is a breakthrough in cancer treatment,'' it quoted Dou
Kefeng, a surgeon in charge of
the operation, as saying.
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