Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Radiofrequency Ablation
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Radiofrequency (RF) ablation leverages the power of microwave technology to help destroy colorectal cancer that has spread to the liver, the most common site to which the disease can spread. Colorectal cancer that spreads from the colon or rectum to other parts of the body is known as metastatic colorectal cancer.
Radiofrequency ablation helps the surgeons and radiologists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America eliminate small liver tumors, often without the risks and discomfort associated with traditional surgery. RF ablation is also less invasive and less painful.
To perform this innovative metastatic colorectal cancer treatment, our surgeons or radiologists use ultrasound guidance to place a thin, needle-like device into the center of a liver tumor. The tip of the device then emits the radiofrequency waves (i.e., electrical energy), directing the heated energy at the tumor to destroy cancer cells.
Radiofrequency ablation can be applied during a surgical procedure, or through the skin. This metastatic colorectal cancer treatment may be appropriate treatment for patients who have multiple tumors, or who have been previously treated with surgery.
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