Alternative Radiofrequency Ablation RFA Therapy to surgery for Thyroid Microcancers?

Alternative Radiofrequency Ablation RFA Therapy to surgery for Thyroid Microcancers?

Alternative Radiofrequency Ablation RFA Therapy to surgery for Thyroid Microcancers?

Alternative Radiofrequency Ablation RFA Therapy to surgery for Thyroid Microcancers PTMC ?

Zhang et al Thyroid Aug 18 2016

90 papillary microcancers PTMC were ablated to slightly beyond their capsule by moving shot method. At 3 months a core needle biopsy was negative for persistence or recurrence. 96% resolved in 12 months. No lymph nodes or tumor was found. RFA was well tolerated without low complication rate. RFA can rid the patient of a micro-cancer and could be an alternative strategy for treatment to surgery or active surveillance for PTMC.

 

Comment: We do not have RFA for thyroid lesions in the USA, and send them to Asia or Europe for solid benign thyroid nodules at present. I do not know of any other data on RFA use for thyroid cancer.

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