Both malignant and benign tumors can affect the kidney.  Renal cell carcinoma is the most common malignant cancer to affect the kidney.  Minimally invasive techniques involving placing needle probes from the skin into tumors and applying heat or cold are available.  These techniques are particularly appropriate for patients with one kidney, a genetic predisposition for multiple kidney tumors, and those patients who are not good surgical candidates. Also, treated tumors are usually less then 4cm in size.

Cryoablation – Smaller tumors can be treated by advancing a probe from a needle hole in the skin and applying extreme cold temperature to kill tumor cells while sparing normal surrounding kidney tissue.

Radiofrequency ablation – Smaller tumors can be treated by advancing a probe from a needle hole in the skin and applying high energy radio waves to heat and kill tumor cells while sparing normal surrounding kidney tissue.

Kidney Cryoblation - Interventional Radiology - Austin Radiological Association

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