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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Radiofrequency ablation for liver cancer

RFA for liver cancer

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has become a major treatment method for small tumors. This technique may offer faster, more targeted liver cancer treatment with fewer side effects and shorter hospital stays compared with standard therapies.

Other forms of ablation therapy include the following:

  • Microwave Ablation: Microwave ablation uses heat to kill tumors much like RFA.  It typically can treat larger tumor than RFA.
  • Cryoablation: Cryoablation uses extreme cold to destroy cancer cells. Guided by ultrasound imaging, your doctor will place the cryoprobe (metal probe) containing liquid nitrogen directly onto liver tumors. The cryoprobe destroys the tumor by freezing it. Cryoblation may be used to treat larger tumors than the other ablation techniques, and it sometimes requires general anesthesia.