Jiao, L. R.; Navarra, G.; Canelo, R.; Wosan, H. S.; Thillainayagam, A. V.; Habib, N. A.
April 2004
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA14
Academic Journal
Complete surgical resection remains the only curative option for patients with liver metastases from colorectal cancer. Unfortunately, only 10-25% of cases are suitable for surgery with curative intent. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is the leading modality advocated in the management of unresectable liver metastases, in the hope of increasing resectability rates and prolonging long term survival and quality of life. The optimal route for applying RFA remains unclear. This represents one of the few RFA series reporting long term outcome and complications. These results suggest that intra-operative RFA is extremely safe and effective in the treatment of patients with unresectable colorectal liver metastases. The main advantages of this technique are that it increases resectability rate, and appears to improve survival significantly.


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