Chinese Journal of Clinical Oncology

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 183–186 | Cite as

The efficacy of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in advanced pancreatic cancer

  • Bo Xie
  • Jiajun Ling
  • Weiming Zhang
  • Xueqin Huang
  • Jihua Zhen
  • Yanzhe Huang
Article

Abstract

Objective

To observe the efficacy of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in the treatment of late-stage pancreatic cancer.

Methods

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.

Results

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.

Conclusion

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 Words

high-intensity focused ultrasound pancreatic cancer pain treatment 

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© Chinese Anti-Cancer Association 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bo Xie
    • 1
  • Jiajun Ling
    • 2
  • Weiming Zhang
    • 1
  • Xueqin Huang
    • 1
  • Jihua Zhen
    • 1
  • Yanzhe Huang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OncologyGuangzhou General Military HospitalGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.GuangZhou University of Chinese MedicineGuangzhouChina

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