What Is Ablation For Cancer?

What does ablation of tumor mean?

Tumor ablation is a minimally invasive technique that is commonly used in the treatment of tumors of the liver, kidney, bone, and lung. During tumor ablation, thermal energy is used to heat or cool tissue to cytotoxic levels (less than −40°C or more than 60°C).

How long does it take to recover from liver ablation?

Most people are able to return to work within 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure.

How successful is liver ablation?

In most studies, more than half of the liver tumors treated by ablation have not recurred. The success rate for completely eliminating small liver tumors is greater than 85 percent. Treatment-related serious complications are infrequent and discomfort is less than surgery.

Is liver ablation painful?

Radiofrequency ablation is generally well-tolerated, and does not typically cause any serious pain after the treatment. There is a very low risk of bleeding or infection after the treatment as well as a low risk of injury to the gallbladder or bile ducts.

What is RFA in cancer treatment?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses heat made by radio waves to kill cancer cells. Ablation means destroying completely. You have RFA through a probe (electrode) that goes through your skin into the tumour. The electrical current from the probe heats the cancer cells to high temperatures which destroys them.

Can microwaves cure cancer?

Microwave ablation uses high frequency microwave energy to heat and kill cancer cells. It is a treatment for some large lung cancers. It can destroy a tumour that is blocking the airway. This helps you to breathe more easily.