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Thermal ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma.

Thermal ablation, as a form of minimally invasive therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma ( HCC), has become an important treatment modality. Because of the limitations of surgery, the techniques of thermal ablation have become standard therapies for HCC in some situations. This article reviews 4 thermal ablation techniques-radiofrequency (RF) ablation, microwave ablation, laser ablation, and cryoablation. Each of these techniques may have a role in treating HCC, and the mechanisms, equipment, patient selection, results, and complications of each are considered. Furthermore, combined therapies consisting of thermal ablation and adjuvant chemotherapy also show promise for enhancing these techniques. Important areas of research into thermal ablation remain, including improving the ability of ablation to treat larger tumors, determining the indications for each thermal ablation modality, optimizing image guidance, and obtaining good outcome data on the efficacy of these techniques.[1]


  1. Thermal ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma. Head, H.W., Dodd, G.D. Gastroenterology (2004) [Pubmed]
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