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Mayo Clinic finds early success with laser that destroys tumors with heat
Date:10/14/2010

s this technology's potential."

Dr. Woodrum has now treated seven patients, including a patient with melanoma whose cancer had spread to his liver.

"MRI-guided ablation may prove to be a promising new treatment for prostate cancer recurrences," he says. "It tailors treatment modality (imaging) and duration to lesion size and location and provides a less invasive and minimally traumatic alternative for men."

Mayo is the country's leader in adapting the use of MRI-guided ablation for tumors outside of the brain, say the physicians, who have been collaborating on expanding use of the technology with Visualase Inc., of Houston. The company received FDA clearance in October 2009 for use of laser ablation. Neither Dr. Walser nor Dr. Woodrum has a financial arrangement with the company or a conflict of interest.


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