This health video looks into the advancement of kidney Cancer treatments by freezing.
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Jennifer Matthews: Tom Johnson spends a lot of time caring for his pet pigeon. Tom Johnson: I've had that particular pigeon, I guess, around 10 years. It's hard for them, but they learn to trust people, you know. Jennifer Matthews: He's talking about his pigeon, but tom could be talking about himself. A kidney cancer diagnosis last year left him at the mercy of his doctors. Doctor John Pattaras had been studying cryotherapy for kidney cancer when tom showed up in his office. But he had never performed the procedure in a human. Dr. John Pattaras: This is still somewhat of an experimental type of procedure. Really, what it is, is you're killing off the tumor by freezing it. Jennifer Matthews: In Patients Who Aren't Good Candidates For Surgery, Cryotherapy Offers A Chance At A Cure Without The Risks Of Removing A Kidney. Dr. John Pattaras: You've got great odds for doing a very minimal operation through three little holes and, really, a very low risk of bleeding, a very low risk of complications overall. Jennifer Matthews: Last October, Tom became Doctor Pattaras' first kidney cancer patient to receive cryotherapy. Dr. John Pattaras: The skill is a little more challenging for the laparoscopic type of cryotherapy. It's the access to the kidney. It's really just getting to it and watching it and being comfortable with it. Tom Johnson: I knew I was in good hands with Dr. Pattaras. Jennifer Matthews: He was right. His wife, Gerri is relieved and commends tom's optimism. Gerri Johnson: He's just a wonderful person. Tom Johnson: And same with you, Darling'. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.