What are the alternatives to surgical resection for the treatment of secondary lung tumors?

Updated: Feb 16, 2021
  • Author: Daniel S Schwartz, MD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Several other therapies are currently being used as alternatives to surgical resection, including radiofrequency ablation (RFA), [35, 36, 37] cryoablation, [38] and conventional radiotherapy. However, most of these have limited availability, and most involve enrollment in a structured clinical trial. [39, 40, 41, 42]

These treatments are usually performed at experienced centers for patients who have lung malignancies (primary lung cancer or pulmonary metastases) and who are not candidates for surgery with the intent to resect. These therapies may also be used in conjunction with other treatments (ie, chemotherapy or radiotherapy) for better disease control. Repeat irradiation has been used for treatment of secondary lung tumors previously treated with radiotherapy. [43]

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