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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) & Microwave Ablation

Pulmonary Radiofrequency Ablation - An International Study Survey (PubMed)
Survey published in the Jan-Feb 2004 issue of Anticancer Research that included results from 7 centers reporting 493 percutaneous procedures for lung tumors. The study concluded that RFA appears to be a safe, minimally invasive procedure for local pulmonary tumor control with low mortality, little morbidity, short hospital stay and gain in quality of life. [2/04]

Radiofrequency Ablation Effective in Treating Advanced Lung Cancer (Doctor's Guide)
Study reported at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting in May 2003 demonstrated that radiofrequency ablation can ease pain, slow tumor growth and even destroy tumors in 12 patients with thoracic tumors. [5/03]

Radiofrequency Ablation Promising for Lung Tumors (Medscape)
Study reported at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting in May 2003 provides encouraging early data on the use of radiofrequency ablation for primary and secondary lung cancer. In a preliminary trial of 18 patients who had been previously treated unsuccessfully with chemotherapy, 90% of lesions were successfully treated. Ultrasound- or computed tomography- (CT) guided radiofrequency ablation destroyed 90% of 40 lesions with no evidence of recurrence at follow-up ranging from two to 24 months. One patient with evidence of residual NSCLC at one month was successfully retreated. Registration required for free access to Medscape. [5/03]

Radiofrequency Ablation: Healing with Heat (Lifespan)
Describes radiofrequency ablation (RFA), including a video presentation by Damian Dupuy, MD, a leading RFA specialist at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University School of Medicine. See Brown's Diagnostic Imaging Department's webpage illustrating case studies on the use of RFA in treating lung, liver, kidney and bone tumors. [undated] Dr. Dupuy is also investigating RFA in conjunction with brachytherapy for lung tumors and microwave ablation for liver tumors.

Radiofrequency Ablation: A Minimally-Invasive Treatment for Cancer (Duke University Medical Center)
Thorough explanation of radiofrequency ablation, a technique for treating localized tumors. Answers frequently-asked-questions about radiofrequency ablation.

Radiofrequency Ablation: Frequently-Asked Questions (NIH/Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center)
Addresses frequently-asked questions about radiofrequency ablation: why RFA? how does it work? what equipment is used? how is the cooking monitored? is RFA new and experimental? is RFA safe? Provides links to additional information on RFA, including a video demonstrating the procedure.

Radiofrequency Ablation - Recent MEDLINE Abstracts

Radiofrequency Ablation Clinical Trials (


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