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Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica 2014 December;60(4):215-25

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Ablation therapies for pancreatic cancer: an updated review

Salgado S., Sharaiha R., Gaidhane M., Kahaleh M.

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA


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While impressive strides have been made in the detection and management of numerous somatic malignancies over the past two decades, safe and effective treatments for pancreatic cancer have remained elusive. However, a number of emerging new therapies hold the promise of improving survival and quality of life for those stricken with the disease. Ablative therapies in particular, including those utilizing radiofrequency waves, microwaves, thermal energy, photodynamic energy and focused ultrasound waves provide an opportunity to target neoplasms while sparing healthy surrounding tissue. Paired with endoscopic ultrasound, these therapies offer a safe, effective and minimally invasive means to care of patients with otherwise inoperable tumors.

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