Radiofrequency hyperthermia and radiotherapy for hepatocellular carcinoma
Malignant liver tumors can be classified into three types: hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), cholangiocarcinoma, and metastatic tumors. HCC can be further divided into three subtypes: massive, nodular, and diffuse. Most patients with liver tumors are not good candidates for surgical treatment and many chemotherapy regimens do not show good results in these patients. At Kyoto University Hospital, radiofrequency (RF) capacitive heating equipment has been used since 1979 for the treatment of deep-seated tumors [1, 2], and since 1983 we have applied it to liver tumors. Here we report the clinical results of thermotherapy for HCC.
KeywordsLiver Tumor Compute Tomography Number Metastatic Liver Tumor Malignant Liver Tumor Local Hyperthermia
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