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Significances of Bioengineering & Biosciences

An Epitome Review of Radiofrequency Ablation for Cancer Treatment

  • Open or CloseRuidong Ma1, Brian Gao2, Shen Ren1,3, Zhiquan Shu1,4 and Dayong Gao1*

    1Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

    2The College of Medicine, California Northstate University, Elk Grove, California, USA

    3Department of Mechanical Engineering, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, USA

    4School of Engineering and Technology, University of Washington, Tacoma, Washington, USA

    *Corresponding author: Dayong Gao, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Submission: September 05, 2022;Published: September 30, 2022

DOI: 10.31031/SBB.2022.05.000620

ISSN 2637-8078
Volume 5 Issue 4


In comparison to traditional cancer treatment methods, such as surgery and chemotherapy, the radiofrequency ablation (RFA) provides great advantages of minimally invasive and cost-effective therapy with a short hospital stay. In addition, RFA also can be used for patients inoperable for surgery or chemotherapy. In the last century, scientists have dedicated themselves to enlarging the ablation size by designing various electrode shapes and combining conventional treatments. This mini-review aims to illustrate the history of RFA technology, the structural design of the electrode geometries, the auxiliary method to enhance the ablation lesion size and minimize cancer reoccurrence, and the current challenges to RFA and their potential solutions.

Keywords: Radiofrequency ablation; Tumor/Cancer ablation

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