Radiofrequency ablation of lung cancer

T. Hiraki, H. Gobara, T. Iguchi, Hiroyasu Fujiwara, Y. Matsui, Susumu Kanazawa

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Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been accepted as a treatment option for lung cancer. Techniques for lung RFA are similar to those used for percutaneous lung biopsy. The most common complication is pneumothorax. Minor but serious complications include massive hemorrhage, intractable pneumothorax, pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm, systemic air embolism, pneumonitis, injury of the nearby tissues, and needle-tract seeding. Local efficacy of lung RFA depends on tumor size. Survival data after RFA are promising for patients with early-stage primary lung cancer and metastasis from various primary lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-519
Number of pages9
JournalJapanese Journal of Clinical Radiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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