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RadioFrequency Ablation (RFA)

Cancer has traditionally been approached either systemically with chemotherapy or locally with surgery or radiotherapy, but recent advancements in minimally invasive therapies such as radiofrequency ablation (RFA) are adding another weapon to the anticancer arsenal. Thermal ablation involves heating tumors so hot that the tumor cells die.

RFA provides safe and effective local treatment of some cancers, with very small complication rates and survival curves similar to surgery.

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This page last reviewed on 06/9/10

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