Mon Sep 9, 2002
By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer
Robin Imhof watched, fascinated, as her doctor stuck a needle into the dime-sized lump in her breast and pumped freezing gas through it. On a nearby ultrasound monitor, a round image gradually turned lighter and lighter her noncancerous but extremely painful tumor being encased in a ball of ice.
It didn't hurt the cold itself was anesthetic even as it froze the growth to death. No hospital stay, stitches or scar.