Is renal ablative cryosurgery and radiofrequency a viable alternative to radical nephrectomy for the treatment of small peripherally located tumors?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Richard A Santucci, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Renal ablative cryosurgery and radiofrequency are emerging as the newest techniques for treating locally confined renal cancer. [19, 20] Limited experience has demonstrated their effectiveness in treating small peripherally located tumors, with minimum morbidity and a favorable outcome. These treatment modalities are still in their infancy, and clinical trials are currently underway to determine their long-term effectiveness. Despite their good intermediate results, these therapies are performed in patients who are not fit for surgery; NSS is still considered the criterion standard for these small tumors.


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