ANCHOR LEAD: LUNG TUMORS RESPOND TO TREATMENT WITH SOUND WAVES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Using radio waves to treat lung tumors helps both people with lung cancer as well as those whose cancer started elsewhere and spread to their lungs, a recent study reported in the Lancet concluded. Rosalyn Juergens, a lung cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, describes the technique.
JUERGENS: Radiofrequency ablation it’s a procedure actually where they place a catheter inside a tumor and use radio waves to basically heat up the inside of the tumor and treat the tumor from the inside out. It saves some of the problems that folks can have with surgical complications or just undergoing surgery in general. The problem is is definitely a very local approach and as we know with cancer, patients are not going to be cured with just surgery, and that’s why things like chemotherapy and radiation have been tacked onto surgery, to offer people additional survival benefit. :31
Juergens says radiofrequency ablation is being offered at more and more cancer centers nationally. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.