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2020 Mar 11

Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol

Stereotactic Radiofrequency Ablation of an Unresectable Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma (ICC): Transforming an Aggressive Disease into a Chronic Condition.


Laimer G, Jaschke N, Gottardis M, Schullian P, Putzer D, Sturm W, Bale R
Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2020 Mar 11.
PMID: 32162024.


In 2010, we reported on a 72-year-old patient with a large, unresectable cholangiocarcinoma with intrahepatic metastases, which was treated by stereotactic radiofrequency ablation (SRFA) in three consecutive sessions. Within the last nine years, the same patient has received seven additional ablation sessions for a total of ten recurrent intrahepatic lesions. One year after the last SRFA, the patient's liver function is still within the physiological range, suggesting that this approach is not only sufficient for locally controlling tumor disease, but also for sparing healthy tissue. Moreover, periods of hospitalization were relatively short, while procedure-related pain was generally mild. In summary, SRFA has turned an aggressive disease with a devastating prognosis into a chronic condition while improving the patient's quality of life.