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Cryoablation: a potential treatment option for renal metastasis from lung cancer?


Cryoablation is successfully performed as a treatment for small renal cancers. The occurrence of a solitary renal metastasis from lung cancer is an uncommon finding entailing a limited knowledge on the choice of its optimal treatment. We present two patients diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer, who were initially treated with curatively intended chemoradiotherapy. In the follow-up period, a non-symptomatic solitary renal metastasis was found in both patients. Both received CT-guided cryoablation of their renal metastases. One patient was successfully treated with no relapse, whereas the other patient received re-cryoablation due to development of a new renal metastasis. In both patients, no residual tumour was found at the 3 months’ follow-up examination. Whether the minimally invasive procedure of cryoablation is a feasible treatment in the management of solitary renal metastases from lung cancer is still undetermined. The recurrence and incomplete treatment are concerns requiring further research.

  • lung cancer (oncology)
  • urological cancer

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