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Pulmonary Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 196173, 5 pages
Review Article

Lung Radiofrequency Ablation: Potential as a Therapy to Oligometastasis and Oligo-Recurrence

Department of Radiology, Okayama University Medical School, 2-5-1 Shikatocho, Kitaku, Okayama 700-8558, Japan

Received 13 August 2012; Accepted 1 October 2012

Academic Editor: Yuzuru Niibe

Copyright © 2012 Takao Hiraki and Susumu Kanazawa. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The early results (e.g., patient survival) of RFA for the treatment of patients with NSCLC and pulmonary metastasis from various primary lesions including colorectal cancer, lung cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, renal cell carcinoma, and sarcoma appear encouraging and suggest the potential to offer long-term survival for the patients with oligo-recurrence or oligometastasis of lung cancer. The usefulness of RFA for oligo-recurrence or oligometastasis of lung cancer should be clarified by prospective studies in the future.