HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Expandable electrodes safe and effective for radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors

The use of expandable electrodes with multiple tips in the treatment of liver tumors by radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is safe and effective, making it a useful alternative to surgery in selected patients, say researchers from the University of Brescia in Italy.

In RFA, electrodes are used to distribute heat-generating electric current to the tumor in order to destroy it. "Expanding electrodes are different from single-tip electrodes in that all the multiple electrode tips of an expanding electrode are active so that heat distribution within the tumor is more homogeneous and a reproducible sphere of ablation is created every time," said Paolo Cabassa, MD, lead researcher on the study. In addition to the more even distribution of heat, the expanding electrodes include other safety features. The hooks of the electrode are fixed within the liver tissue when deployed so no needle movement is possible during RFA, which makes the procedure safer, and no electrode cooling is required during ablation, making the procedure easier and quicker.

For the study, the researchers, analyzed the results of RFA with expandable electrodes in 68 liver tumors in 59 patients. They found that survival rates for the patients were 94%, 65% and 43% at one, three and five years, respectively, which, according to the authors, is comparable to the best results of surgery. Disease-free rates were 32%, 28% and 18% at one, two and three years, respectively. Only one major complication occurred out of all the RFA procedures, and it was remedied with a transfusion.

"RFA is a safe and effective technique to treat liver tumors. Our results show that patients can benefit from this minimally invasive procedure and that it can also be considered as an alternative to surgery in selected cases," said Dr. Cabassa.

Dr. Cabassa will present the full results of the study on May 17 during the American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.


'"/>


17-May-2005


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. New treatment effective in counteracting cocaine-induced symptoms
2. Osteoporosis screening and treatment may be cost-effective for selected older men
3. Study shows radiofrequency ablation highly effective in treating kidney tumors
4. New study examines effectiveness of tailored health messages
5. Scaling up HIV prevention programs is cost effective
6. New study shows Rescue Remedy is an effective all-natural stress, anxiety reliever
7. U of M researchers assess effectiveness of computerized physician order entry system
8. Nepalese researchers identify cost-effective treatment for drug-resistant typhoid
9. Meningitis: effectiveness of preventive vaccination demonstrated
10. U-M study finds lymphoma drug effective over long term
11. Chemotherapy may enhance the effectiveness of brain tumor vaccines

Post Your Comments:
(Date:4/17/2014)... 17, 2014) Two recent papers by a ... colleagues may help scientists develop treatments or vaccines ... Japanese encephalitis and other disease-causing flaviviruses. , Jeffrey ... molecular genetics at the School of Medicine and ... Medical Institute, and colleagues recently published articles in ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... Le Bonheur Children,s Hospital Pediatrician-in-Chief Jon McCullers, MD, ... the April issue of Nature Reviews Microbiology ... Dr. McCullers, a world-renowned infectious disease specialist, ... the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, analyzed ... 1918, 1957 and 1968 pandemics, as well as ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... April 17, 2014U.S. military personnel who served in ... concussive traumatic brain injury (TBI) were compared to ... other medical reasons. Differences in measures of overall ... months after injury are reported in an article ... journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... million older Americans suffer from depression, often brought on ... research a project that followed the lives of ... found that Internet use among the elderly can reduce ... , "That,s a very strong effect," said Shelia Cotten, ... and media who led the project. "And it all ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... about one in five infants in the United States ... first several months after birth. Research into probiotic use ... the April 1, 2014 issue of the British ... study, "Probiotics and Infant Colic," concluding that the use ... colic did not reduce crying or fussing in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:CU researchers discover target for treating dengue fever 2Health News:Long-term effects of battle-related 'blast plus impact' concussive TBI in US military 2Health News:Internet use can help ward off depression among elderly 2Health News:New study says probiotic use for infant colic is not effective in reducing symptoms 2
(Date:1/14/2014)... 14, 2014  Luminex Corporation (Nasdaq: LMNX ) today ... quarter of 2013 on Monday, February 3, 2014. A press ... close of trading. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100104/LUMINEXLOGO ) ... the operating highlights and financial results for the fourth quarter ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... The Brandeis Medical Center, led by Dr. Emmanuel Brandeis , ... laser tattoo removal experience with the advanced Astanza Duality laser and ... quality cosmetic services with cutting edge medical technology and offering expert ... has seen a dramatic increase in the presence of ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Acumed,s new SLIC Screw ... with accompanying instrumentation to place and insert the screw ... soft tissue (e.g. ligament) repair or reconstruction as it ... (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140114/MN45636 ) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Luminex Corporation Fourth Quarter Earnings Release Scheduled for February 3, 2014 2Luminex Corporation Fourth Quarter Earnings Release Scheduled for February 3, 2014 3Beverly Hills Physician Features Tattoo Removal with the Astanza Duality Laser, Offers $99 Special 2Acumed introduces the Scapho-Lunate Inter Carpal (SLIC) Screw System 2Acumed introduces the Scapho-Lunate Inter Carpal (SLIC) Screw System 3
Cached News: