Stereotactic ablative radiation therapy: Role in treatment of liver metastases

Jeffrey J. Meyer, Robert D. Timmerman, Christopher H. Crane

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Abstract

There is a wide variety of minimally invasive tumor ablation technologies available for the management of liver tumors, including liver metastases. These treatments offer an alternative to surgical intervention in non-surgical candidates. The most commonly used ablation modalities make use of extreme heat to induce tumor necrosis. Although radiation has traditionally held a minor role in treatment of liver tumors, high-dose hypofractionated irradiation typically delivered with image-guidance is a new treatment modality with promising early results. This article will review the fundamental principles of ablative radiation therapy, compare it with other existing ablation technologies, and review early clinical results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-129
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Colorectal Cancer Reports
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

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Keywords

  • Ablation
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Liver metastases
  • Stereotactic radiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Oncology
  • Gastroenterology

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