Tumour ablation means destroying the tumour by applying heat or alcohol directly to it. For liver cancer, ablation can be used to treat small tumours, usually smaller than 3cm. It may be suitable if you cannot have surgery, or choose not to have surgery.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
This treatment destroys cancer cells by heating them to a high temperature. Some people have RFA more than once.
We have more information about how RFA is given and the possible side effects.
This involves a doctor injecting pure alcohol (ethanol) through the skin and into the tumour. The alcohol destroys the cancer cells.
You have this done in the scanning department. The doctor gives you a local anaesthetic to numb the area. They use an ultrasound to help guide the needle into the tumour. You usually need several treatments, depending on the number of tumours and their size. If the tumour grows again, you can have the treatment again.