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 allowing most people can resume their usual activities in a few days.
Your CiC physician uses CT or Ultrasound 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. Radiofrequency ablation targets tumors in the liver, lungs, kidneys, and bones.