Colorectal Cancer

Radiofrequency ablation for bowel cancer

Radiofrequency ablation is a form of treatment that can be used to destroy tumours in the liver. Under anaesthetic, a needle is inserted into the tumour. Radio waves are transmitted through the needle into the tumour and the heat generated by the procedure destroys the cancer cells. At present this treatment is still experimental and available to a limited number of patients.

Only one person we interviewed had been treated with radiofrequency ablation and he himself had suggested it to his oncologist after reading about it in the newspaper. He explains how he found out about the treatment and describes his experience of it.

Last reviewed August 2016.

Last updated May 2012.

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