Cancer Treatment Combination Extends Life - Inoperable Non-Small Cell Tumors
Can Be Treated With Heat
July 17th 2006
Researchers have found that 57% of lung cancer patients that undergo
thermal ablation survived three years, which is two years longer than
the average life expectancy. The candidates selected for the thermal
(heat) treatment were not surgical candidates according to the oncology
team which consisted of a pulmonologist, medical oncologist, radiation
oncologist and thoracic surgeon.
The treatment involves guiding a needle through the skin into the
tumor. Energy is then applied to the tip of the needle to “cook” and
kill the tumor. The surgeons say the tumors is killed with heat or they
can “freeze” it with cold.
The purpose of the study was to assess the clinical outcomes of patients
with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The thermal
ablation (ablation means removal of unwanted tissue) was combined with
radiotherapy. They found that this combination therapy may result in an
improved survival over other treatments alone.