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Microwave Ablation

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