Dr. Julien Answers Your Questions

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Lifechanger and renegade doctor Peter Julien, champion of the radical cancer treatment Radiofrequency Ablation, is responding to fan questions posted here on Extratv.com! Read below for the answers to your questions:

Q. Will this procedure work on pancreatic cancer. My brother is currently suffering with this cancer.

- Dee

Posted 03/16/09 08:57 AM

A. Unfortunately, it can not be used for the primary site in the pancreas but can be used for sites of spread, particularly the liver.

Q. Are there any locations in the New England area, more specifically Boston, that work with this form of treatment or procedure?

- KM

Posted 03/10/09 06:32 PM

A. You can visit http://www.sirweb.org/ to locate a doctor who performs Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) in your area or you can call the Department of Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital at 617-724-2239.

Q. My father in law has stage 4 cancer in his liver, kidney, lung, and spine, i believe they are going to try and remove the mass on his spine, would this new procedure work for the other cancers he has? and is there any doctor in Ohio doing this procedure?

- Haley Garlick

Posted 03/10/09 06:32 AM

A. This procedure would work for other cancers he has depending upon the number of other sites of cancer there are. The pictures need to be reviewed by the radiologist performing the procedure. To find a doctor in Ohio, visit http://www.sirweb.org/ or you can call the Department of Imaging at Cleveland Clinic at 800-223-2273.

Q. Dr. Julien, Is this procedure for metastasized melanoma in brain?

- Nancy

Posted 03/09/09 11:00 PM

A. Unfortunately, this procedure is not for metastasized melanoma in the brain because of the dangers of destroying normal brain cells around the tumor.

Q. Are there any medical trials for doing this procedure on the lung?

- Anonymous

Posted 03/09/09 07:43 PM

A. Please check with the website of the American College of Radiology Imaging Networks, www.acrin.org, to find out if there are any clinical trials.

Q. My mother has been diagnosed with a kidney tumor of 4 centimeters and she is 84 years old. The Dr. is doing periodic CAT scans and watching it. This would be a great procedure for her. Are there any Dr's. in the Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas area that could do this? I'd be willing to check into flying her to California if necessary to have it done. Thank you so much for your help.

- Debbie Colgan

Posted 03/09/09 04:49 PM

A. You can visit http://www.sirweb.org/ to locate a doctor who performs Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) in your area.

Q. I was wondering who in Wausau, WI area would you recommend would be a good dr. in our area does something like??

- ANNABEAR

Posted 03/09/09 02:07 PM

A. You can visit http://www.sirweb.org/ to locate a doctor who performs Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) in your area or you can call the Department of Imaging at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center at 206-598-4477.

Q. Can this be used on stage 4 lung cancer?

- Anonymous

Posted 03/09/09 06:48 AM

A. Stage 4 lung cancer needs to be treated with chemotherapy and if controlled by it, RFA can be considered for areas that may not have responded to the chemotherapy as long as the majority of the tumors have responded.

Q. My father has klatskin tumors which does not allow him the bilis to leave normaly. Would it be possible to do the procedure the doctor describes? The tumor is located in the choledochus duct. Please if you know of something that maybe could help, anything... Thank you!

- Monica Hoyos

Posted 03/08/09 10:53 PM

A. Unfortunately, because of the potential damage to the bial duct system with RFA, it is very difficult to perform this procedure on this type of tumor.

Q. My family and me suffer from many cancers. Help Us to help ourselves.
Cynthia

- Cynthia Finnie

Posted 03/08/09 10:50 PM

A. Overall, the most important advice I can give you is to be sure you have a cancer physician, called an oncologist, that you and your family trust.

Q. Dr. Julien can this procedure be done for a pancreatic cancer

- Robert

Posted 03/08/09 09:38 PM

A. Because of the possibility that RFA could cause inflammation to the pancreas when treating pancreatic cancer, this can not be used for this purpose. It can be used for sites of metastatic disease, particularly the liver.


Q. my daughter & I have genetic polycystic kidney disease. Will this work on cysts on the kidney & liver or because of the nature of PDK, would this even work? My daughter is in constant pain. She lives in Albuquerque, NM, I live in Las Vegas, NV, who could we talk to about this procedure?

- Ginny

Posted 03/08/09 07:12 PM

A. This procedure is not designed to treat kidney cysts and in order to opt to have an optimal treatment for painful Polycystic Kidney Disease (usually occurs because of bleeding into the cysts), it's important to be under the care of a kidney surgeon, called a urologist.

Q. I just saw this on extra and was wondering who in the chicago area does this treatment.

- Little Rick

Posted 03/07/09 11:23 PM

A. You can visit http://www.sirweb.org/ to locate a doctor who performs Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) in your area or you can call the Department of Imaging at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago at 312-413-3737.

Q. My wife was diagnosed with kidney cancer last Fall and had the procedure discussed in tonight's show. The procedure was completed in Atlanta last December and is doing GREAT. Thanks to God and our medical ccommunity we can spend another 30 years of marriage together.

- John Hayes

Posted 03/07/09 09:00 PM

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