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|Radiofrequency Ablation in cancer (Liver, Lung, Kidney and Bone)|
At Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre, Delhi, we have pioneered the technique of Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) to destroy tumors and have a highly experienced team to do the procedure. We were the first to introduce this revolutionary technology nearly ten years ago and have so far treated more than 150 patients. It is a relatively new treatment modality in cancer, where thermal energy is used to destroy cancerous tissue. It is an attractive option for local tumor control in patients who are not surgical candidates or who have failed conventional therapies. It is a technique that causes tissue necrosis, by a process of heating. RFA has been conventionally used to treat liver cancers. It is very successful in small primary liver cancers as well as metastatic liver cancers. Currently its role is extended in treating primary and secondary lung tumors, bone tumors, and small kidney tumors. If you have a small liver cancer of less than 5cm in size or small metastases to the liver from colon, breast or other cancers you may well be a candidate for RFA. Even lung, bone and kidney tumors can be treated. Please consult your treating doctor to know if you will benefit from RFA. Often RFA is combined with chemotherapy for better results. For small tumors the results are comparable to surgery without the trauma and hospitalization, that are usually associated with surgery. Sometimes, your medical condition may not allow you to undergo surgery. In these circumstances, RFA is an ideal technique. It requires hospitalization for a day and does not require general anesthesia. You will have to undergo some tests before the procedure and will be discharged the following day.
Treatment of liver cancer in progress