What patients say about Cryo:
"This is nothing to fear. It's probably less (painful) than going to the dentist. The greatest problem I have is driving down to the city and parking...I'm blessed. It's almost like hitting the lottery."
"What cryotherapy did for me was to offer a 'ray of hope'; a piece of the rainbow... Overall the procedure was not unpleasant; nor were the side effects non tolerable. I went back to work the day following the procedure."
"The next day, I was eating everything I wanted...I'm really happy with it...It's given me a great sense of relief that something can actually be done that will be more permanent and complete than the other treatments."
"I figured I'd try this one first rather than get cut open. The other way they would have had to cut me wide open... I had some chicken pot pie [after the procedure]. I didn't really know what to expect. I just hoped for the best...and it turned out real great."
"From a patient's perspective, it was a non-event. You go in, get your (intravenous line) and pain medication. It doesn't knock you out, but you don't remember a thing about what's going on. There was no pain, no hurt, no nothing afterwards...I couldn't be more pleased with the way things have gone. I'm just delighted."
What Physicians are Saying about Cryo:
"The ease of treatment reminds me of the dermatologist's use of liquid nitrogen for freezing small cancers and warts. In my twenty years of medicine, I have not seen a device that will so quickly change my practice and improve patient care."
"This is truly revolutionary. This is very impressive. One patient had more than 99 percent of his disease gone after his initial treatment. I've never seen patients respond so quickly. The procedure is a painless treatment. I believe the future is here."
"This is a disease we see in a lot of older patients with other illnesses, so the decision to send them to surgery requires careful consideration. Cryoablation therapy is particularly attractive for older patients who may have other complications or other medical issues - such as accompanying heart or lung diseases - that make traditional surgeries too risky."
"Dr. Johnston really has been a innovator, a real pioneer in these issues," Shaheen said. "I think (cryotherapy) holds great promise as potential treatment for esophageal cancer and pre-cancer of the esophagus. The early data on it are very promising."
"...a really exciting new technique that gave us capabilities we didn't have before in treating conditions in the esophagus."