Good alternative for surgery in many instances, small tumors, areas that can't be operated on, etc. No incision and time in the hospital either. The process is literally cooking the tumor with heat. This also says a lot for catching tumors when they are small as well for a potential alternative treatment plan. Recovery time is usually only one day and done on an outpatient basis. Between all the new drugs and genomics testing and new procedures with radiology, the cure for cancer has really moved forward in the last few years. Over 7000 procedures are done every year at the hospital. BD
Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) delivers internal radiation with tiny polymer beads containing radioactive yttrium-90 directly into a tumor in the liver. Guided by CT scanning technology, a radiofrequency current is passed through a tiny needle-like probe, heating the tumor in the lung, liver or kidney to over 160 degrees Fahrenheit and killing it.
RFA is a new tool in the arsenal against cancer. The results are extraordinarily promising. It is not indicated for all types of cancer, but for small tumors of four centimeters or less, in the liver, kidney and lung, the results are no less than astonishing.
Typically, surgical treatment of kidney tumors requires either partial or complete kidney removal, resulting in hospital admissions of three to ten days and postoperative recovery time of six to eight weeks. By comparison, RFA is not only minimally invasive with a short recovery time (less than one day) but it also allows for the kidney to be preserved. RFA also avoids postoperative complications such scars, pain, pneumonia and injury to the organs.