Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a ground-breaking treatment option for patients with liver tumors and painful metastatic bone tumors. RFA is a medical technology that uses heat to destroy tumors in a less invasive way.
RFA is now FDA approved for soft tissue tumors, like DSRCT.
RFA is now an option for other tumors that are smaller than 7 cm.
(4/8/05) My opinion is that in some cases, precision radiation therapies like IMRT, SBRT, and the Cyberknife might be a better option than RFA since they are less invasive. Link
National Institutes of Health (NIH): RFA Tutorial LINK
Rita Medical Systems: RFA Tutorial LINK
Mayo Clinic: RF Ablation for liver cancer LINK
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center : Liver Tumor Treatment Options LINK
Liver Cancer Network : RFA info LINK
Cancer Treatment Centers of America : Radiofrequency Ablation info LINK
RadiologyInfo.org : RFA for liver tumors LINK
(12/25/04) I received this tip about treating liver tumors:
Bert Berkson, MD, PhD, Univ. of New Mexico, Las Cruces, can pretty much regrow your liver with about 3 weeks of daily IV therapy using alpha-lipoic acid. http://www.bioimmune.com/services/articles/details.asp?id=115
There is a hyperthermic ablation process (or RFA) to eradicate those liver mets. After they are popped, Bert can regenerate the liver in record time. Take a look at this link on hyperthermic ablation: http://www.ritamedical.com/
I am not a medical or health professional. Information in this site has been gathered from numerous sources and is for research purposes only. I do not guarantee the accuracy of any information in this site. Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor DSRCT www.DSRCT.com