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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) offers a nonsurgical, localized treatment that kills the target tissue with heat, while sparing the healthy tissue. Because of the localized nature of this treatment, RFA does not have any systemic side effects. Radiofrequency ablation can be performed without affecting the patient's overall health and most people can resume their usual activities in a few days.
In this procedure, the interventional radiologist uses imaging to guide a small needle through the skin into the tumor. From the tip of the needle, radiofrequency energy is transmitted into the target tissue, where it produces heat and kills the tumor.

Benefits:

  • May be performed under conscious sedation or general anesthesia
  • Is well tolerated. Most patients can resume their normal routines the next day and may feel tired only for a few days.
  • Can be repeated if necessary
  • May be combined with other treatment options
  • Can relieve pain and suffering for many cancer patients

Some tumors that potentially could be treated by RFA include tumors of the liver, kidney, bone and lungs.

To find out if you may be a candidate for this procedure, call your Medical Oncologist or contact the Lowell General Cancer Center for more information.

Planning for this procedure

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