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Nonsurgical Lung Cancer Treatment Has 91% Survival at 2 Years

14 years, 10 months ago

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Posted on Apr 18, 2005, 8 p.m. By Bill Freeman

Newswise &emdash; After receiving treatment of radiofrequency heat to “cook” and kill their lung tumors, patients had a 91 percent cancer-specific survival rate at one and two years, according to results of a prospective, multicenter trial that was presented today at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 30th Annual Scientific Meeting. The research also showed the radiofrequency ablation (RFA) technique successfully killed the tumor inside the body without surgery in 93 percent of the cases. During radiofrequency ablation, an interventional radiologist inserts a small, energy-delivering probe through the skin, directly into the tumor using imaging for guidance. Heat is delivered through the probe to destroy the tumor cells without significant side effects or damage to nearby normal tissue.

“This research shows that CT-guided radiofrequency ablation effectively destroys cancer cells inside the lung without surgery,” says Interventional Radiologist Riccardo Lencioni, M.D., University of Pisa, Italy. He added, “For patients with primary lung cancer or lung metastases from colorectal cancer who are not surgical candidates, this research also shows that the interventional radiofrequency ablation treatment can improve patients’ survival without worsening their quality of life.”

By the time lung cancer becomes symptomatic, 85 percent of patients are incurable, often due to serious coexisting health conditions or poor respiratory function. Most patients who are diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer are not surgical candidates at the time of diagnosis. For these patients, minimally invasive interventional radiology procedures can improve survival, reduce pain, and improve quality of life. Interventional radiologists are uniquely skilled in using imaging guidance to deliver targeted cancer treatments throughout the body nonsurgically.

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