The efficacy of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in advanced pancreatic cancer
To observe the efficacy of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in the treatment of late-stage pancreatic cancer.
Sixteen patients with advanced pancreatic cancer received HIFU therapy. Evaluation of efficacy was made on the basis of changes in clinical symptoms and variations in the tumor echo and size.
Clinical symptoms such as pain were significantly alleviated, echo of the tumor was enhanced with B-US and the quality of life such as eating, sleeping and mental status was markedly improved; no serious complications were observed.
The use of HIFU in the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer is feasible and safe. It is effective in killing the carcinoma cells and alleviating pain. This technique may offer non-invasive therapy for the treatment of patients with late-stage pancreatic cancer.
Key Wordshigh-intensity focused ultrasound pancreatic cancer pain treatment
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