A wand of heat may one day replace the scalpel for women with breast cancer. It's still experimental, but researchers at Ohio State Medical Center say that it can zap away a tumor in less than an hour without surgery.
The procedure is called Radio Frequency Ablation. The probe is inserted into a patient's breast and umbrella shaped fingers surround the tumor. Radio waves heat up the device to nearly 200 degrees killing cancer cells. It's done on an outpatient basis with a local anesthesia specialist, so patients go home the same day.
The therapy is still under study for breast cancer, but researchers say that it may someday offer an alternative treatment option to surgery. Radio Frequency Ablation, or RFA, has previously been used to treat liver, prostate, bone, and renal cancer, but only recently has been used to fight breast cancer.