Saturday, 4 June 2016

Radiofrequency blation

Here is a case of lung cancer being burnt by a technique called radiofrequency ablation. This patient previously had liver cancer which spread to lungs and he had a single nodule in the lung. In good olden days, either chemotherapy or surgical resection in very few people is the only option. However with techniques like radiofrequency ablation and microwave ablation, we can achieve results similar to surgery and improve the survival and quality of life of patients.

We use a needle which pierces through the skin and rib cage into the lung cancer under CT scan guidance. I used robotic technology to get inside the tumour.

The electrode is then connected to a generator which delivers radiofrequency heat and the temperatures go up to 90 degrees which kills the tumour cells immediately.

Patients come in on the day of procedure and get discharged the next day

Can be used for some of the liver and bone tumours too with good results.

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