Margin Size is an Independent Predictor of Local Tumor Progression After Ablation of Colon Cancer Liver Metastases

Section of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., Room H118, New York, NY, 10065, USA.
CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology (Impact Factor: 1.97). 04/2012; 36(1). DOI: 10.1007/s00270-012-0377-1
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