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Thermal Ablation: A New Treatment Therapy for Kidney and Liver Tumors

Published on April 22, 2011

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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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  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Cancer


 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. 

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