Topic: Questions about RFA

Hello, all

my mother, who had a successful resection 14 months ago, but was found with 3 new tumours in the liver 6 months ago, is about to undergo RFA treatment. Her tumours are less than 5 cm each, and the doctor initially tried to shrink them with chemo but has now decided to try and burn them. I was wondering if anyone has had an experience of the treatment, as we are not sure about what to expect - in terms of pain, success, etc.

thanks,
maria

2 (edited by PCL1029 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 17:04:28)

Re: Questions about RFA

Hi,
When tumor sizes<3cm,Reports indicated that RFA might be as effective as resection. When the size is >5cm the effectiveness of the RFA might be the same as chemo or less. Radioembro with Y90 may be an alternateive plan of treatment ;please consult an interventional radiologist for advise.
The problem is sometimes when the tumor is located at a difficult location such as near the diaphragm or very close to the major blood vessels or at the back side of the liver,RFA will be difficult to burn ALL those tumor lesions off and liver resection may required to completely remove the whole tumor and give the patient a  comfortable and clean margin.
Keep in touch.
God bless.

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Re: Questions about RFA

Maria....until  others have a chance to respond you might want to read up on some of the previous postings regarding RFA.
For your convenience I have enclosed a few links:
http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb … hp?id=2080
http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb … php?id=764
http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb … hp?id=1207

All my best wishes,
Marion

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Re: Questions about RFA

Thank you for your replies.

I was so sad to read that people that needed RFA had to face insurance issues on top of that. I hope insurance for RFA is sorted by now.

I was also surprised to read that it's been painful for some people. From the online info I could get access to, RFA was described as mostly painless.

My best wishes to all.  My mum's still waiting for her appointment but I hope I will get back to you with happy news.

Maria

Re: Questions about RFA

Hi Maria,

Here is another link on RFA that may be of interest to you -

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinfor … ation.aspx

I hope the above link will be useful to you and please let us know how your mum gets on.

Best wishes to you and your mum,

Gavin

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