Ablative therapies for renal tumors

Rajan Ramanathan, Raymond J. Leveillee

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Owing to an increased use of diagnostic imaging for evaluating patients with other abdominal conditions, incidentally discovered kidney masses now account for a majority of renal tumors. Renal ablative therapy is assuming a more important role in patients with borderline renal impairment. Renal ablation uses heat or cold to bring about cell death. Radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation are two such procedures, and 5-year results are now emerging from both modalities. Renal biopsy at the time of ablation is extremely important in order to establish tissue diagnosis. Real-time temperature monitoring at the time of radiofrequency ablation is very useful to ensure adequacy of ablation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-68
Number of pages18
JournalTherapeutic Advances in Urology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Cryoablation
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Renal ablation
  • Renal cancer treatment
  • Small renal masses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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