Radio-frequency ablation (RFA) to treat renal cell carcinoma
For a long time, the treatment of choice for renal cell carcinoma was complete surgical removal of the affected kidney. This safely and completely removed the tumour, but the patient then had only one kidney.
Over time, medical technology has advanced so much that renal cell carcinomas detected early can also be treated minimally invasively with RFA. For smaller tumours, radio-frequency ablation has achieved comparable long-term survival rates in studies to surgical treatment.