Semin intervent Radiol 2022; 39(03): 285-291
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1753526
Review Article

The Latest on Lung Ablation

Peyton Cramer
1   Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
Bradley B. Pua
1   Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
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Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women. Despite smoking cessation efforts and advances in lung cancer detection and treatment, long-term survival remains low. For early-stage primary lung carcinoma, surgical resection offers the best chance of long-term survival; however, only about one-third of patients are surgical candidates. For nonsurgical candidates, minimally invasive percutaneous thermal ablation therapies have become recognized as safe and effective treatment alternatives, including radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation, and cryoablation. Lung ablation is also an acceptable treatment for limited oligometastatic and oligorecurrent diseases. This article discusses the technologies and techniques available for tumor ablation of thoracic malignancies, as well as new treatments on the horizon.

Publication History

Article published online:
31 August 2022

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