When is ablation most effective for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC)?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Kush Sachdeva, MD; Chief Editor: E Jason Abel, MD  more...
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The AUA guideline panel cautions that larger tumors (>3.5 cm) and those with uneven shape or infiltrative appearance may be linked with increased risk of recurrence when managed with thermal ablation. [21] A study by Zagoria et al found that radiofrequency ablation can result in durable oncological control in patients with renal cell carcinomas that are smaller than 4 cm who are poor surgical candidates. [26]


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