Microwave ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for tumors which is very similar to radiofrequency ablation. Radiofrequency ablation uses alternating radiofrequency energy to destroy tumors, and microwave ablation utilizes microwave energy for the same purpose.
In this procedure, a needle is guided with imaging through the skin to the tumor. Microwave energy is transmitted through the tip of the needle into the tumor, producing enough heat to damage the tumor tissue causing it to shrink slowly and form a scar over time.
For more information go to:
Microsulis Medical Microwave Ablation Procedure Information for Patients: http://www.microsulis.com/content.php?page=thermalablation
Society of Interventional Radiology Information for Patients:
Liver Cancer Treatments: http://www.sirweb.org/patients/liver-cancer/
Lung Cancer Treatments: http://www.sirweb.org/patients/lung-cancer/
Bone Cancer Treatments: http://www.sirweb.org/patients/bone-cancer/
Breast Cancer Treatments: http://www.sirweb.org/patients/breast-cancer/
Kidney Cancer Treatments: http://www.sirweb.org/patients/kidney-cancer/
Virginia Piper Cancer Institute (VPCI):
Minnesota Oncology (MOHPA):