What is microwave ablation?
Microwave ablation is a cancer treatment that uses heat to destroy a tumor. It is performed by an interventional radiologist who uses image-guidance to insert a small probe into a tumor. Once the probe is in position, microwave energy is discharged, releasing a controlled amount of heat that destroys abnormal tissues. Microwave ablation is often used on small, inoperable liver and lung tumors. It’s also used in patients waiting for a liver transplant.
Advantages of microwave ablation
- Takes less time radiofrequency ablation - the standard treatment for liver cancer
- Can be repeated as necessary
- Can be used on larger tumors
- Several small tumors can be treated at the same time