First Renal Mass Cryosurgery in Malaysia

written by Dr Loh Chit Sin on 22 September 2011

 

First Renal Mass Cryosurgery in Malaysia

 

The first case of cryosurgery for renal mass was successfully carried out in Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur with the help of Prof. John Ward from MD Anderson Cancer Centre. The patient was a 68-year-old man who was admitted with pneumonia when a 3-cm renal tumour was discovered incidentally in the upper part of his right kidney. The procedure was over in about 2 hours with virtually no blood loss and he was discharged the following day. With this new technology, treatment of small renal tumour can now be done with minimal risk, pain and just an overnight admission. The same technology can be used to treat certain prostate cancers with similar advantages. Outside urology, cryosurgery can also be used to treat certain cancers in the bone,the lung and the liver.