Oct 15, 2021

The hot needle that zaps lung cancer in just 30 minutes

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A pioneering two-in-one lung cancer treatment is being used to both diagnose and destroy hard-to-reach tumours in just half an hour – allowing thousands of NHS patients to avoid the need for invasive, life-changing surgery.

Doctors zap the tumour with a hot needle – a treatment called radiofrequency ablation – and at the same time carry out a biopsy, where a tiny piece of the cancer is removed for testing to see whether it is aggressive and likely to have spread.

Most lung-cancer patients currently undergo repeat procedures to have a tiny piece of the tumour cut out for examination (a biopsy), followed by radiotherapy or more surgery to remove the cancerous tissue.

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