Navigation Links
Non-Surgical Approach Can Treat Lung Cancers
Date:6/18/2008

Radiofrequency ablation is quick and targets large tumors, sparing healthy tissue, study finds

WEDNESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- A minimally invasive procedure normally used to treat liver cancer also holds promise for lung cancer patients, according to a new study.

In the study, expected to be published in the July edition of The Lancet Oncology, 88 percent of lung cancer patients responded well to treatment with percutaneous image-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA). RFA is performed in less than an hour and is a non-surgical procedure that targets large tumors with no harm to surrounding healthy tissue. After one year, 70 percent of patients survived at least one year with few side effects; none that impaired lung function, the researchers report.

As alternative to surgery in difficult liver cancer patients, RFA has proven successful, with no negative effect on quality of life, and it requires only a short hospital stay.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. Surgery is the standard treatment for early-stage, non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which constitutes about 80 percent of most malignant lung tumors. Unfortunately not all patients are eligible due to other health reasons. The alternatives, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, do not have good survival rates.

The study, conducted at Cisanello University Hospital, in Pisa, Italy, involved 106 patients with malignant lung tumors that were smaller than 5 cm in diameter. Thirty-three patients had NSCLC; 53, metastatic lung cancer from the colon; and 20, metastatic lung cancer from other sites in the body. All the patients had been turned down for surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

The major post-RFA complications were pneumothorax (27 instances) and pleural effusion (4 instances) which needed drainage.

"Our study shows that radiofrequency ablation can be completed successfully in high percentage of patients with small lung tumors. ...The safety profile of the procedure was also acceptable, with no mortality or life-threatening complications associated with it. ... A randomized controlled trial comparing radiofrequency ablation versus standard treatment options is now warranted to prove the clinical benefit of this approach," the researchers wrote.

More information

The American Lung Association has more about lung cancer.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: The Lancet Oncology, news release, June 17, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. New Non-Surgical Stem-Cell Procedure Relieves Degenerative Joint Disease
2. Newly Published Study in Leading Medical Journal Further Confirms the Brava Systems Non-Surgical Breast Enhancement Effectiveness
3. Prominent Farmington Plastic Surgeon Uses Two New Non-Surgical Procedures to Tighten Skin and Remove Fat
4. Weizmann Institute scientists develop a new approach to treating autoimmune disease
5. New vaccine approach prevents/reverses diabetes in lab study at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh
6. NIAID to advance B-cell approach to HIV vaccines
7. Research Converging in Favor of New Approach to U.S. Weight Problem
8. New approach to protect the hearts of patients with muscular dystrophy
9. Teens think they have asthma under control, but benefit from new approach to treatment
10. Studies test new approaches to islet transplantation
11. Reduced emergency room visits for elderly patients attributed to virtual health care team approach
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the United States and ... of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, Millie, have six ... years in the Navy. Following his career as a naval aviator and carrier ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 ... characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... the demand of today’s consumer and regulatory authorities worldwide. From Children’s to Adults ... tested to meet the highest standard. , These products are also: Gluten ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) will present the 2017 Morris ... of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s Annual Symposium is taking ... in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award is presented to an individual ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... Information about the technology: , Otomagnetics ... enable prevention of a major side effect of chemotherapy in children. Cisplatin and ... For cisplatin, hearing loss is FDA listed on-label as a dose limiting toxicity. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... Oct. 2, 2017  AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, the combined ... Walgreens and pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime), ... which included the unveiling of new signage at its ... well as at a few other company-owned facilities across ... to patients, some of whom will begin to see ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... Sept. 28, 2017 Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ... conference call and webcast on Friday, November 3, 2017, ... and ending at approximately 8:30 a.m. (CDT) / 9:30 ... company,s 2017 financial performance and guidance for 2018, Hill-Rom ... to enhance operational performance, and long-range financial outlook through ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... and NEW YORK , Sept. 27, 2017  DarioHealth ... and big data solutions, today announced that its MyDario product is expected ... local TV listings for when The Dr. Oz Show airs in your ... The nine-time Emmy ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: