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New Procedure Kills Liver Tumors Without Surgery; Cures Some, Extends Life For Others

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September 9, 2002
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The week after Carlton Harris underwent a novel therapy at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center to destroy three cancerous liver tumors, he was back at the gym huffing, puffing, lifting and sweating. Not even a single stitch to show for his trouble, Harris wore only a small bandage to cover the three tiny holes -- the size of a snake-bite -- where wire probes entered his skin and literally burned away the cancerous tumors inside his liver.

DURHAM, N.C. -- The week after Carlton Harris underwent a novel therapy at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center to destroy three cancerous liver tumors, he was back at the gym huffing, puffing, lifting and sweating. Not even a single stitch to show for his trouble, Harris wore only a small bandage to cover the three tiny holes -- the size of a snake-bite -- where wire probes entered his skin and literally burned away the cancerous tumors inside his liver. So simple is the new procedure -- called radiofrequency ablation (RFA) -- that Harris says he will have it done as many times as necessary to maintain the good quality of life he now enjoys.


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Duke University Medical Center. "New Procedure Kills Liver Tumors Without Surgery; Cures Some, Extends Life For Others." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 September 2002. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/09/020909064106.htm>.
Duke University Medical Center. (2002, September 9). New Procedure Kills Liver Tumors Without Surgery; Cures Some, Extends Life For Others. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/09/020909064106.htm
Duke University Medical Center. "New Procedure Kills Liver Tumors Without Surgery; Cures Some, Extends Life For Others." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/09/020909064106.htm (accessed April 21, 2014).

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