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Radio-frequency Ablation Offers Hope for People With Inoperable Kidney Tumours

he cells that line the small tubes within the kidney.

In comparison with the surgical removal of kidney tumours that results in hospital admissions of 7 to 10 days and postoperative recovery time of 6 to 8 weeks, RFA is minimally invasive with a short recovery time, allows for the kidney to be preserved, and also avoids postoperative complications such as pain, pneumonia, injury to the organs and scars.

RFA has emerged as an alternative treatment for inoperable liver cancer, and has been shown to vaporize tumours as well as slow cancer progression in larger tumours, said Dr. Peter J. Julien, director of the Radio-frequency Ablation Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centers S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center.

While explaining that preliminary results in patients with liver, lung and kidney cancer are promising, Dr. Julian said, It is possible that this procedure may someday completely replace surgery for kidney cancers in many patients.

Bershad, who underwent the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center six months ago, said that he returned to work and resumed his daily activities only one day after the procedure. He said that he wanted people to know how effective the new procedure was.

I feel very lucky. My lifestyle remains untouched: Im active and I work, swim and play with my Dobermans as if it never happened. If you have a cold, you lose more time than this, he said.

I want people to know that this procedure is available, effective and painless, he added.


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