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Worldwide success in treatment of liver tumors
Date:5/12/2009

re the electric current has to have an exit point from the body, with the risk of burning at that site.

"Microwaves don't cause collateral damage elsewhere in the body," he said. "They only heat up the tissue at the end of the probe and no energy is sent through the body. We can now treat very large tumours up to 6-8 cms in diameter within 4-6 minutes. This makes it ideal for someone who may have multiple tumours, which by other techniques, might take several hours to treat.

"People have come to Leicester from all over the world," he added. "It has really put Leicester on the map, within this field. For the last ten years I have been invited to every world and European congress in liver surgery to talk about this development. There has been tremendous interest because of the frustration with other forms of energy which haven't delivered. Our system is safe, fast and reproducible and it does work.

"If it's used correctly there are no side effects, but because this is a very powerful device, it has to be used correctly. I tend to work in collaboration with a radiologist so that accurate placement of the microwave probe can be achieved. We have not seen significant side-effects so far."


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Contact: David M. Lloyd
DMLLOYD1@aol.com
University of Leicester
Source:Eurekalert

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