Radiofrequency ablation of cancer

Marc Friedman, Igor Mikityansky, Anthony Kam, Steven K. Libutti, McClellan M. Walther, Ziv Neeman, Julia K. Locklin, Bradford J. Wood

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Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been used for over 18 years for treatment of nerve-related chronic pain and cardiac arrhythmias. In the last 10 years, technical developments have increased ablation volumes in a controllable, versatile, and relatively inexpensive manner. The host of clinical applications for RFA have similarly expanded. Current RFA equipment, techniques, applications, results, complications, and research avenues for local tumor ablation are summarized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-434
Number of pages8
JournalCardiovascular and interventional radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004



  • Colon carcinoma
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Hyperthermia
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Tumor/neoplasm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Friedman, M., Mikityansky, I., Kam, A., Libutti, S. K., Walther, M. M., Neeman, Z., Locklin, J. K., & Wood, B. J. (2004). Radiofrequency ablation of cancer. Cardiovascular and interventional radiology, 27(5), 427-434.