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Chest Wall Tumor Treatments

How are Chest Wall Tumors Treated?

Treating chest wall tumors generally involves some combination of the following:


Using chemotherapeutic drugs to kill cancer cells may be used before or after surgery, alone, or in combination with other treatments such as radiation treatment. These medications are usually given intravenously but may occasionally be given in pill form.

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Microwave Ablation

Microwave ablation transmits heat from radio waves to kill the cancer cells.

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Radiation may be given prior to or after surgery alone or in combination with chemotherapy. High-energy waves are applied to the neck, chest or abdominal areas (depending on the location of your cancer) to kill these cancer cells.

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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Radiofrequency ablation burns the tumor with a high-frequency electric current.

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Tumor Resection (Surgery)

The surgeon removes (resects) some or all of a tumor.

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