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Radiofrequency-induced thermal ablation of liver tumors

Summary of the good practice:

  • Increasing life expectancy, reducing the rate of hospitalization, cost savings;
  • Minimally invasive treatment of liver tumours (including metastasis) to improve the quality of life and survival;
  • Radiofrequency-induced thermoablation/thermotherapy involves introducing a needle electrode into the cancer liver metastasis. Placing the probe is monitored through ultrasound. The procedure involves a radiologist, a nurse, a specialist and an anaesthesiologist. One or two treatment sessions are usually needed and are performed under short-term anaesthesia. The treatment is generally well-tolerated;
  • Replacement of surgical procedures with minimally invasive percutaneous techniques.

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Challenge addressed by the good practice

Increase in life expectancy of patients with primary tumours and secondary liver with repeatable minimally invasive methods over time.

Key innovative elements of the good practice

Compared to previous treatments, the technique reduced the hospitalization of patients, he has lengthened the average life expectancy and improved quality of life. innovative element is the use of radio frequency as a treatment for liver tumors with sometimes healing. Other innovative elements concern the same technique that is minimally invasive, easily repeatable and the use of a single needle.

Full Scirocco information on the good practice

SciroccoGP-Puglia-8-RITA-Radiofreq-Induced-Thermal-Ablation-of-liver-tumors.pdf [PDF]

Publications and reports on the good practice


Contact point: Francesco Gabriele;

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