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Is ablation of liver cancer as good as resection?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: No

Not every patient with liver cancer can undergo resection.
If one has cirrhosis, there may not be enough liver reserves to undergo surgery. While a resection can be curative, an ablation is mainly palliative or to by time prior to liver transplant.

In brief: No

Not every patient with liver cancer can undergo resection.
If one has cirrhosis, there may not be enough liver reserves to undergo surgery. While a resection can be curative, an ablation is mainly palliative or to by time prior to liver transplant.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. Lance Stein
Internal Medicine - Hepatology

In brief: No

There studies that support that some patients may achieve a cure with ablation, but ablative therapies are generally not considered curative.
Surgical resection can lead to a cure but recurrence rates are high at about 50% within a few year. The ultimate liver resection, liver transplantation, is considered curative with low rates of recurrence if the patient meets strict criteria, ie. Milan.

In brief: No

There studies that support that some patients may achieve a cure with ablation, but ablative therapies are generally not considered curative.
Surgical resection can lead to a cure but recurrence rates are high at about 50% within a few year. The ultimate liver resection, liver transplantation, is considered curative with low rates of recurrence if the patient meets strict criteria, ie. Milan.
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