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Radio Frequency Ablation of Inoperable Lung Tumors

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in U.S. men and women.

Lung cancer has a tremendous impact on U.S. mortality, with an estimated 160,340 deaths in 2012 in men and women combined.[1]  Lung cancer incidence and mortality rates increased markedly through most of the last century, first in men and then in women.

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Lung cancer now accounts for 14% of new cancer cases and 28% of all cancer deaths each year in the United States.[1] Lung cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer in both men and women.  Death rates for lung cancer in women surpassed those for breast cancer in 1987, and lung cancer is now the leading cause of cancer deaths in both genders. In 2012, it is estimated that there will be 72,590 deaths among U.S. women due to lung cancer, compared to 39,510 due to breast cancer.  Estimates put the number of deaths among U.S. men from lung cancer at 87,750. [1]

Dr. David Nielson, MD, FACS, Director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, has been performing for over ten years a procedure called Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA).  The procedure destroys non-resectable primary lung tumors and metastatic tumors that have spread to the lungs.

Dr. Nielson's patients have experienced:

  • No air embolisms
  • No CVA's (strokes)
  • No myocardial infarctions (heart attacks)
  • No deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolisms
  • Low incidence of pneumothorax (less than 5%) where most report 15 to 20%
  • Low incidence of bleeding
  • Low incidence of infection
  radio frequency ablation

When considering this procedure, it is important to ask how long has the doctor been performing RFA and how good is the treatment team?  Is it only a radiologist treating you or a multidisciplinary team consisting of a Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeon,  Interventional Radiologist, and Anesthesiologist?

As you consider these and other important factors we hope that you find us a valuable resource in the treatment of lung cancer for you or a loved one, and we look forward to helping you.

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1. American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts and Figures 2012. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society, 2012. Also available online. Last accessed March 2012.

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