Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an exciting approach to destroying inoperable primary or metastatic tumors in the liver.
With ultrasound guidance, we insert a probe through the liver tissue into the tumor. This probe delivers high frequency alternating electrical current precisely at the site of the tumor. The current generates heat that literally burns out the tumor.
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The approaches to RFA include one of the following:
In some cases, superficial tumors can be wedged out (excised), while deeper lesions can be destroyed by RFA, thereby preserving most of the liver tissue.
The team at the Liver Cancer Center decides which approach is best for you, based on the number and location of the tumors in the liver.
You will have follow-up CT scans, every few months, to monitor for tumor recurrence.
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