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Radiofrequency Ablation of a Kidney Tumor

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Uploaded on Jul 2, 2011

Studies of patients with kidney cancer have shown that radiofrequency ablation, a minimally invasive, kidney-sparing procedure, can be a successful treatment option for patients whose cancer has not spread beyond the kidney.
The treatment uses computed tomography for guidance during percutaneous placement of a needle-shaped electrode into the tumor. Radiofrequency current is then passed through the electrode to heat the tumor tissue and ablate -- or eliminate -- it.
In the majority of patients complete tumor ablation can be achieved after a single treatment; others achieved complete tumor ablation after two or more treatments, with no long-term or serious complications.
Editor's Note: This webcast was broadcast September 3, 2008.
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