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West Florida Healthcare Acquires Latest Technology to Treat Liver Cancer

West Florida Healthcare Acquires Latest Technology to Treat Liver Cancer

December 13, 2010

Pensacola, FL - West Florida Healthcare is now offering an innovative treatment for liver cancer.  Patrick Dial, M.D., F.A.C.S., general/oncology surgeon, is using the Covidien Evident Microwave Ablation System to effectively destroy tumors in the liver using microwave energy.  The new system is a treatment option for patients who are not candidates for surgical removal or a liver transplant.  

With microwave ablation, more than one tumor can be treated at the same time while preserving the maximum amount of good liver tissue.  It also offers several direct benefits to the patient, including less time in surgery, less blood loss, and less time spent under anesthesia. 

Many oncology surgeons consider microwave ablation to be a better option than the older radio frequency ablation technology because microwave ablation produces much higher temperatures within the tumor and is therefore more effective at killing the cancerous cells.    

Dr. Dial performs the procedure both laparoscopically and using the open technique, depending on the patients’ needs.  After locating the tumor with the guidance of a CT scan, he pierces it with a thin antenna, which emits microwave heat at a temperature of about 100° C, effectively destroying the tumor.      

The American Cancer Society's estimates the following for 2010 for primary liver and bile duct cancers in the United States:

  • About 24,120 new cases of primary liver cancer and bile duct cancer
  • About 18,910 deaths from these cancers

This cancer is more common in men than in women. An average man's lifetime risk of getting liver or bile duct cancer is about 1 in 100, while an average woman's risk is about 1 in 217.  This type of cancer is much more common in developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia than in the US. In many of these countries it is the most common type of cancer.

For more information about microwave ablation, please call (850) 494-3212 or visit www.westfloridahospital.com.

About West Florida Healthcare
West Florida Healthcare is proud to offer the area’s only hospital featuring all-private rooms.  The West Florida Healthcare campus includes the all private room acute care hospital, the area’s only comprehensive physical rehabilitation hospital, and a mental health facility.  Affiliated with HCA, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare, West Florida Healthcare offers major services in cardiology/cardiovascular surgery, oncology, neurology/neurosurgery, orthopedics, emergency care, behavioral health, obstetrics, rehabilitative medicine and many other medical specialties.For more information about West Florida Hospital, please call (850) 494-3212 or visit www.westfloridahospital.com.

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