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RFA Question

Posts: 55
Joined: Jul 2006

Although I am a cc suvivor, this question is for my Grandmother in law. She is 84 years old and has had a recurrance from stage three colon cancer with one met to the liver and a slight rise in her cea. Liver resection does not seem to be an option at her age, but the oncologist did mention RFA (Radio Frequency Ablation). She is not intrested in chemo.

My question is mainly about RFA and its side effects. Does anyone know someone whose done this (or any other treatments for that matter) at her age? She just underwent a colostomy reversal with flying colors and her general health is good.

thanks so much,


Posts: 1048
Joined: Jan 2007

Hi. God Bless her heart at 84 years young! What a trooper. This is from the Mayo Clinic website.
Advantages of RF Ablation
Effective treatment for small cancers
Minimally invasive, with no skin incision
Minimal risk to patient
Typically little or no pain
Minimal hospital stay
Can be repeated if new cancer appears

Check out rfa on the internet. You'll find tons of info. We are hoping that my husband can have a liver resection down the road, or at the very least RFA . Good luck to your Grandmother. God Bless

Posts: 55
Joined: Jul 2006

Thanks so much for your info from Mayo. I know My Grandmother will appreciate as I do and I wish the best for both you and your Husband.


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Posts: 2
Joined: Feb 2007

Hi Levensweg,
I just had r.f.a. done a kidney tumour. Don't believe what they say about it not hurting, unless it is done under a general aneastetic. Mine was done in Toronto under the care of a pain med nurse. Although she did as awesome a job as she could with the i.v. meds, I was still in horrendous pain (and after c.c. peritonitis and sepsis I like to believe I have a high pain tolerance). She said afterwards that I was brave and that she had given me so many pain meds that she was shaking. During the four hours in recovery afterwards, my heart rate ranged from 38 to 45 so I think she was afraid the my heart was going to stop from all the meds and I still needed another needle of dermerol and one of gravol in recovery.
It is an awesome procedure and its amazing that they kill a tumour within 2 or 3 hours but it is very painful so demand that it done under a general.

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