HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Radiologists offer non-surgical treatment for early-stage liver cancer

OAK BROOK, Ill. (Feb. 16, 2005) Radiofrequency (RF) ablation offers an effective first-line treatment for some liver cancer patients who are excluded from surgery, according to two studies appearing in the March issue of the journal Radiology.

"I believe that this treatment will soon enter into the guidelines for the clinical management of liver cancer patients," said the first study's lead author, Riccardo Lencioni, M.D., a radiology professor at the University of Pisa in Italy.

Liver cancer is the most common organ malignancy worldwide and generally carries a poor prognosis. Surgical resection removing the cancerous portion of the liver is considered the best hope for a cure. Unfortunately, most patients do not qualify for surgery. Liver transplantations are available for a small number of patients, but organ supply is limited, and tumor progression during the prolonged waiting period results in a high dropout rate. Consequently, RF ablation has emerged as an alternative treatment for inoperable liver cancer and may also be useful as a bridge to liver transplantation.

RF ablation is a minimally invasive procedure where an interventional radiologist uses an image-guided electrode needle to deliver heat directly to tumors, in effect "cooking" them.

Dr. Lencioni and colleagues performed RF ablation on 187 early-stage liver cancer patients with cirrhosis who were not candidates for surgery. People with cirrhosis or Hepatitis B or C virus infections are at increased risk of developing liver cancer. Fewer than 5 percent of liver-cancer patients with cirrhosis qualify for surgical liver resection, and the liver donor shortage limits transplant availability.

"RF ablation was shown to be a safe therapeutic option, with no treatment-induced mortality and a complication rate below 2 percent," Dr. Lencioni said.

Ninety-seven percent of the patients survived one year, 71 percent survived three years, and 48 percent survived
'"/>

Contact: Maureen Morley
mmorley@rsna.org
630-590-7762
Radiological Society of North America
16-Feb-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Radiologists use MRI to keep basketball players on their feet
2. Radiologists back judicious use of CT pulmonary angio in women because of radiation dose to breast
3. Radiologists interpretation of mammograms varies widely
4. Learning From Experience: New Pattern Recognition & Detection Helps Radiologists Analyze Digital Mammograms
5. UCSF study offers insight into human circadian rhythms
6. Research offers hope of new treatments for liver damage
7. Portable system offers dialysis patients liberating changes
8. New laparoscopic hysterectomy offers quicker recovery time than traditional surgery
9. UIC offers new weight loss surgery for obese teens
10. COX-2 product offers good and bad news in test tube strokes
11. Researchers offer emergency workers a lifeline

Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/28/2014)... "Most of my life, I have suffered from foot issues ... from Findlay, Ohio. "I thought that there had to be ... inspired me to invent this accessory." , She developed the ... an injured foot. The sling makes it easier for the ... The design redistributes weight so that the individual does not ...
(Date:11/28/2014)... ARTAS robotic hair transplant surgical procedures ... PAI Medical Group hair transplant surgeons Chris Pawlinga, M.D. ... hair transplant procedure in the Brentwood office on Monday, ... in Tennessee and one of only three medical centers ... robotic hair transplantation. Patients benefit from this minimally invasive, ...
(Date:11/28/2014)... 2014 Nipomo Family Dentistry , ... recently opened its doors at 195 N. Thompson St., ... preventative care like teeth cleanings, oral exams, fillings, implants ... teeth whitening (and Kor whitening), laser whitening, gum tissue ... Family Dentistry’s five-person team also takes a philanthropic approach ...
(Date:11/27/2014)... Ericdress.com today announced a site-wide promotion for the coming ... all its clothing, shoes and other fashion accessories. The Special ... only. , At the special offer, orders above $79.99 can ... an extra $10 discount. Moreover, orders above $59 come with ... new collection of 2015 evening dresses to its global customers. ...
(Date:11/27/2014)... 2014 Recently, DressVe , the well-known ... Monday Sales, which are valid during Nov. 29 – Dec. ... on these new dresses, up to 90% off. In addition, ... to view more at http://www.dressve.com/ , Dresses that ... great way to showcase somebody’s personality and figure. The designers ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:First in Tennessee - PAI Medical Group Announces ARTAS - The World’s Most Advanced Medical Robot Used for Hair Transplant Surgery 2Health News:Nipomo Family Dentistry Opens New Dental Office in Nipomo 2Health News:Nipomo Family Dentistry Opens New Dental Office in Nipomo 3Health News:Ericdress.com Special Monday Sales Are Ready For Everyone 2Health News:DressVe.com Introduces Its 2014 Special Monday Sales To The Global Customers 2
(Date:11/26/2014)... , Nov. 26, 2014 Zynerba Pharmaceuticals ... development of innovative transdermal synthetic cannabinoid treatments, today announced ... 26th Annual Healthcare Conference 2014. The conference will be ... Palace in New York . Zynerba,s ... at 4:50 pm on Tuesday, December 2. ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... and NEW YORK and ... As the leading distributor of market intelligence, MarketResearch.com is ... report by IQ4I Research and Consultancy focusing on the ... more about IQ4I Research visit: http://www.marketresearch.com/land/publisher.asp?vendorid=4023&progid=86891 . ... Pharmaceutical Ingredients Global Market – Forecast to 2020 ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... -- Reinforcing its commitment to enabling confident diagnosis through ... AEX: PHIA) today announced 510(k) clearance from the ... IQon Spectral CT , presenting an entirely new approach ... new dimension to Computed Tomography (CT) imaging, delivering anatomical ... on their material content within a single scan. The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Zynerba Pharmaceuticals to Present at Piper Jaffray 26th Annual Healthcare Conference 2014 2MarketResearch.com: Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Market to Reach $175 Billion by 2020 Says IQ4I Report 2MarketResearch.com: Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Market to Reach $175 Billion by 2020 Says IQ4I Report 3Philips receives FDA 510(k) clearance for IQon Spectral CT 2Philips receives FDA 510(k) clearance for IQon Spectral CT 3
Cached News: