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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Needle-based ablation

Needle-based ablation is a localized cancer treatment that uses high-energy radio waves or microwaves to heat and destroy cancerous cells. 

During this procedure, a thin probe is temporarily inserted into a tumor through a tiny incision in the skin, using CT scan or ultrasound guidance. The probe then releases heat and destroys cancer cells. Needle-based ablation may be used to treat tumors when surgery is not an option or to relieve other symptoms related to cancer treatment.