Oncology & Cancer

Radiotherapy offers new treatment option for liver cancer

A novel technique that delivers high doses of radiation to tumors while sparing the surrounding normal tissue shows promise as a curative treatment option for patients with early-stage liver cancer, according to a study published ...

Cardiology

Post-RFA mortality up for ESRD patients who receive dialysis

(HealthDay)—For patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), receipt of hemodialysis (HD) is associated with increased mortality after radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for hepatocellular carcinoma, according to a study published ...

Cardiology

Improved imaging takes x-ray risks out of the picture

Fluoroscopy makes guiding a catheter through a blood vessel possible. However, fluoroscopy, a form of real-time moving X-ray, also exposes the patient to radiation. Now, a University of Missouri School of Medicine researcher ...

Oncology & Cancer

Sartans improve survival, time to recurrence in liver cancer

(HealthDay)—For patients with hepatocellular carcinoma after radiofrequency ablation, angiotensin II receptor 1 blockers (sartans) correlate with significantly improved overall survival and time to recurrence, according ...

Cardiology

Antiarrhythmia drugs no impact on late AF recurrence

In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) treated with radiofrequency catheter ablation, the addition of antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) for 90 days after the procedure did not reduce arrhythmia recurrence rates at one year, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Review: radioablation offers no benefit for GERD patients

(HealthDay)—For patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), evidence shows no difference in physiologic parameters for treatment with a radiofrequency ablation technique known as Stretta versus sham or proton ...

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