Percutaneous ablation for small renal masses

Current guidelines recommend partial nephrectomy as the preferred treatment option for small renal masses. Percutaneous ablation, such as radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation, are mainly considered for patients who are not suitable for surgery or who have other conditions (co-morbidities) that make them unfit for surgery. There is currently a lack of evidence comparing partial nephrectomy […]

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Long term survival after radiofrequency ablation for kidney cancer

A study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology looked at the long-term survival benefits from radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in patients with localised renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The outcomes of 100 patients with localised RCC (kidney cancer that has not spread) were looked at retrospectively. All patients had percutaneous radiofrequency ablation and were […]

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IKCS 2019: Management of small renal masses

In this video interview, Dr Eric Singer from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, USA discusses the management of small renal masses at the International Kidney Cancer Symposium (IKCS) in Miami earlier this month. Watch the video interview on Oncology Tube here

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Percutaneous ablation for localised kidney tumours

A recent study reported in European Urology by investigators at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA compared partial nephrectomy with percutaneous ablation (radiofrequency ablation or cryoablation) in the treatment of 1422 patients with localised renal tumours, stage cT1. Patients were followed for at least 6 years. There were no significant differences in local recurrence, […]

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Percutaneous cryoablation for stage T1b tumours

A recent study published in Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology this month looked at the use of percutaneous cryoablation for stage T1b (4.1-7.0 cm) renal cell carcinoma (RCC). This non-invasive technique, which involves ‘freezing’ the tumour using fine needles inserted through the skin (percutaneous), has not yet been widely adopted. The current study investigated the safety, […]

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Ablation versus surgery for early stage kidney tumours

A recent paper, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that percutaneous ablation using heat or cold may result in similar outcomes to those of radical nephrectomy in preselected older patients with early stage renal cell carcinoma (T1a RCC). Percutaneous ablation also results in less long-term renal insufficiency and fewer surgical complications. When compared to […]

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