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MyCancerPain.org Launched as Resource for Patients with Painful Bone Metastases
Date:12/16/2008

recently, Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA)).

With ExAblate(R), the physician uses the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with registered CT images to visualize the patient's anatomy and then aims focused ultrasound waves at the tumor to relieve the pain. The MRI allows the physician to monitor and continuously adjust the treatment in real time. The patient is consciously sedated to alleviate pain and minimize motion. Due to the high acoustic absorption and low thermal conductivity of the bone cortex, it is possible to use a low level of energy and still achieve a localized heating effect that will relieve the pain while minimizing damage to adjacent tissue.

Participating sites include Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Houston Methodist in Houston, Texas, SightLine Medical Center, Houston, Texas, the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass., the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., the University of California, San Diego Medical Center in San Diego, Calif., Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, University Health Network in Toronto, and Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel.

Additional information on the trial, including contact information for the clinical coordinators at each of the sites, can also be viewed at the National Institutes of Health's website, http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00656305?term=bone+metastases+insig htec&rank=1.

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