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Radiofrequency Ablation

What is radiofrequency ablation (RFA)?

RFA is a procedure used to destroy the tumor and the small blood vessels that ‘feed’ it. It uses image guidance to insert a thin probe through the skin and into a tumor. Once in position, the tip of the probe heats up to kill nearby cancer cells. RFA is used to treat bone, liver and lung cancer and is performed by an interventional radiologist.

If you have bone cancer

Advantages of (RFA)

  • Decreases pain and pain medication use
  • Increases mobility
  • Treatment can be repeated
  • Can be used with other cancer therapies

If you have liver cancer

Advantages of RFA

  • Treatment can be repeated
  • Can be used with other cancer therapies
  • Is considered curative in some types of liver cancer

If you have lung cancer

Advantages of RFA

  • Can be used on patients who are not candidates for lung cancer surgery
  • Preserves lung function better than surgery, especially for those with a breathing impairment
  • Can be repeated or used with radiation therapy for persistent tumors
  • Helps shrink tumor, and increases effectiveness of chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Provides pain relief if tumor invades the chest wall