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How does ablation treat cancer?

James G. Carlisle, MD
Vascular & Interventional Radiology
In treating cancer with ablation, a treatment probe is guided directly into a tumor using imaging, like computerized tomography (CT) or ultrasound. It’s like a biopsy, but instead of taking out tissue, a special type of needle or antennae is used to either burn or freeze the tumor. The hope of ablation is to replace the need for surgical resection.

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