In this podcast, Dr. Sato will discuss thermal ablation and how someone with a kidney or liver tumor may benefit from this new treatment. He will explain how it is performed and what one can expect after receiving thermal ablation.
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Thermal ablation, a minimally invasive therapy, is showing great promise in treating liver and kidney tumors. What is thermal ablation, and who could benefit from this approach? Here to answer these questions and more is Dr. Kent Sato from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. And you'll also hear from his patient, Rick Marrazzo, as he shares his story. It's all next on Patient Power.
Hello and welcome to Patient Power sponsored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital. I'm Andrew Schorr. Well, there are some serious diagnoses where sometimes they may be talking about surgery, and some people might be candidates for surgery if, for example, they found a tumor in your kidney or they saw tumors in your liver. However, for some patients there are alternate approaches. One approach could be something called thermal ablation, where doctors might use the freezing or heating of the cancer cells to try to kill them, and you would not have an open surgery.