Homogeneous Helmholtz Equation with Variable Coefficient

Hello,

How does one go about solving a two dimensional (or more) homogeneous helmholtz equation with a variable coefficient, i.e.

$\displaystyle \Delta$u(x,y) + u(x,y)*f(x,y) = 0

Where in the standard Helmholtz equation, f(x,y) = k (constant). Knowing some boundary conditions. I am at a loss as to what method to even use, having tried separation of variables, green's functions, method of characteristics. Any hints? Can this equation even be solved?

Thank You

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