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Radiofrequency ablation for kidney tumors




A relatively new, minimally invasive therapy was 93 percent successful in eradicating cancerous kidney tumors, as per a recent study conducted by scientists from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

I have performed a number of radiofrequency ablations of renal tumors and the results looked promising, said Ronald J. Zagoria, MD, lead author of the study. I wanted to scientifically review the data to better assess the results and look for patterns that might predict success or complications, he said.



Radiofrequency ablation for kidney tumors

The study consisted of 104 patients with a total of 125 tumors ranging from 0.6 cm to 8.8 cm. In all patients, a biopsy confirmed the presence of renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the most common type of kidney cancer. Of the 125 tumors, 95 were smaller than 3.7 cm and were completely eradicated in one therapy. Fourteen larger tumors were also eradicated after one therapy. Of the 16 remaining larger tumors, seven were eradicated after a second therapy.

Patients who are not good operative candidates, commonly due to co-existing illnesses, and those with multiple renal tumors, now have an excellent option for curing their tumors, said Dr. Zagoria. Surgery should be the first option, since the long-term results of this procedure have not been substantiated, he said.

There was a very low rate of serious complications and ablation was uniform and complete throughout the treated area, with no evidence of recurrence within the margins of the treated tumors, said Dr. Zagoria. Also, ninety-five percent of patients were treated with minimal discomfort and they were able to go home the same day the procedure was completed, he said.


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A relatively new, minimally invasive therapy was 93 percent successful in eradicating cancerous kidney tumors, as per a recent study conducted by scientists from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. I have performed a number of radiofrequency ablations of renal tumors and the results looked promising, said Ronald J. Zagoria, MD, lead author of the study. I wanted to scientifically review the data to better assess the results and look for patterns that might predict success or complications, he said.

Medicineworld.org: Radiofrequency ablation for kidney tumors

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