ABSTRACT: Radio-Frequency Ablation Of Liver Metastases Secondary
To Breast Cancer Promising
[09/17/2001; Doctor's Guide]
Radio-frequency ablation is a safe, simple and effective method
of removing liver metastases secondary to breast cancer in comparison
Between 5 and 12 percent of patients with primary breast cancer
have liver metastases and survival rates improve once the secondary
liver tumours are resected.
Dr Tito Livraghi and colleagues from The Department of Radiology
at the Ospedale Civile in Vimerveate, Italy, undertook evaluation
of 24 patients who had undergone resection of breast cancer.
Sixty-seven percent of the patients underwent treatment for a
simple liver lesion whilst 33 percent had multiple lesions. Eighty-seven
percent of the patients received general anaesthetic. The remainder,
whose lesions were less than three centimetres, received sedation
and analgesia before insertion of one or two electrodes within
the liver lesion. Under ultrasound guidance, a device attached
to the transducer was used to position the electrode within the
Consequently, treatment was limited to the lesions which were
sonographically visible and, as radio-frequency energy was applied,
a hyperechoic focus replaced the tumour.
Annual Scientific Meeting, 11/01
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Lancet Oncol, 10/02
Br J Cancer, 7/03
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