Radiofrequency Ablation Provides Increased Benefits to Targeted Cancer Treatment
The cancer specialists at St. Joseph's/Candler understand that individualized treatment plans are the key to successfully defeating cancer. Your physician will regularly consult with a team of experts to determine the best course of action to suit your specific needs. In some cases, traditional cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy are paired with advanced treatments that when combined, have a concentrated healing effect for your body.
Radiofrequency ablation uses a specific electronic frequency that destroys the cancerous cells within tumors, without harming the surrounding internal organs. Patients with lung, kidney or liver cancers are the most likely candidates for this procedure. In addition to treating cancer, physicians occasionally use radiofrequency ablation to correct conditions that impact the electronic functions of the heart, such as cardiac arrhythmia.
Gynecologic conditions like endometriosis and uterine fibroids can also be effectively treated with radiofrequency ablation. For women considering hysterectomy or other surgical procedures as a solution to uterine fibroids, radiofrequency ablation can be an option that provides less pain and faster healing.
What to Expect During a Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment
Unlike other electronic therapies, radiofrequency ablation does not stimulate the sensitive nerve endings throughout the patient's body. This means that radiofrequency ablation can be performed with minimal pain, and without having to use general anesthesia.
With the help of imaging equipment, a specialist will provide you with a local anesthetic and insert a special needle through the skin and into the cancerous cells. The needle acts as a target for the electric frequencies. The electronic waves travel through the needle and heats the tumor, destroying the cancer.
To find out more information about advanced cancer treatment options at St. Joseph's/Candler, please call (912) 819-5704.