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Medical News & Perspectives
January 23/30, 2002

Tumoricidal Temperature-Related Treatments

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JAMA. 2002;287(4):440-441. doi:10.1001/jama.287.4.440-JMN0123-2-1

Chicago—Preliminary studies of several new devices that use heat or cold to kill certain cancer cells have shown promise, but whether all these methods will remain viable or a different one will emerge superior remains a question.

Data highlighted at the Scientific Assembly of the Radiological Society of North America in November showed positive results from using radiofrequency ablation to treat kidney tumors, cryosurgery to destroy prostate cancer tumors, and external beam radiation to augment surgical removal of breast cancer tumors.

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