Ablation is a technique that involves placing needle probes into tumors and applying heat, cold, or electrical current.  Typically, this technique is reserved for one or a few smaller tumors.

Radiofrequency ablationSmaller tumors can be treated by advancing a probe from a needle hole in the skin and applying high energy radio waves to heat and kill tumor cells while sparing normal surrounding liver tissue.

Microwave ablationSmaller tumors can be treated by advancing a probe from a needle hole in the skin and applying microwave energy to kill tumor cells while sparing normal surrounding liver tissue.

CryoablationSmaller tumors can be treated by advancing a probe from a needle hole in the skin and applying extreme cold temperature to kill tumor cells while sparing normal surrounding liver tissue.

Irreversible electroporationSmaller tumors can be treated by advancing several needles from the skin into a tumor and applying electrical current to kill tumor cells.  This technique is particularly useful when tumors are in close proximity to other vital structures that may be damaged with the extreme heat or cold of other techniques.

 

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